Mayor Bill de Blasio


Mayor, Ousted City Investigator Spar Over What Led to Firing

November 19, 2018 - 7:24 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — The fired commissioner of the city’s Department of Investigations fired back at Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday.

Department of Investigations Commissioner Mark Peters, who oversaw the department that investigates waste and malfeasance in New York City government, said he was pressured to not release critical reports by de Blasio's administration and then fired under false pretexts.

Peters released a letter to the City Council blasting de Blasio early Monday.

The mayor, a Democrat, had announced Friday that he was firing Peters, saying he had abused the powers of his office.

In response to Peter’s claims, the mayor declared, flatly: “False.”

In the letter, Peters suggested the mayor was punishing him for past work, including reports on child welfare services and lead paint in public housing.

“Unfortunately, this is an individual who did some very inappropriate things,” de Blasio said of Peters. “I am exercising my authority under the charter to make sure there's a change in that office.”

The mayor has come under repeated criticism over how the city has dealt with the concerns inside public housing.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)