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Report: Mayor De Blasio Violated Ethics Laws

April 18, 2019 - 6:51 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio violated ethics laws when he continued to solicit political donations from donors who asked for favors from his administration, according to a Department of Investigation report.

The 15-page report, which was released after a number of Freedom of Information Law requests were made by the New York Post, was able to substantiate a charge that the mayor violated conflict of interest rules when he sought contributions “from any individual who had, or whose organization had, a matter pending or about to be pending before any executive branch of the City.”

The investigation lasted for two years and ended in October 2018, but the findings were only released Wednesday.

Though, when asked what kind of example his actions set for other city workers, the mayor said that there was no violation.

“I feel that throughout the last five years, four months, I and my administration have shown that we do things the right way. We do things on the merits. We do things legally and appropriately,” the mayor said. “I feel very consistent about that and everything you're referring to has been looked at exhaustively and has been addressed.”

City ethics law states that city officials cannot solicit donations from individuals or companies who have issues pending before any city agencies.

Mayor de Blasio declared Wednesday that he feels confident that he acted “consistent with all the right standards.”