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Brooklyn, NY - Mayor De Blasio Vows To Return Campaign Donations From Longtime Jewish Friend Facing Investigation

Published on: March 29, 2016 11:40 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - As the probe into Mayor de Blasio’s longtime friend and donor, Yitzchok (Isaac) Leshinsky and his former nonprofit, Housing Bridge, continues, de Blasio has said he will return campaign contributions totaling over $20,000 dating back to 2007 that he received from Leshinsky for his City Council and Mayoral runs.

The move comes after separate investigations by the New York State Attorney General and the New York City Department of Investigation into compensation and loans Leshinsky received on top of his annual salary. Housing Bridge had been approved for $260 million in City contracts to provide transitional housing to New York’s homeless, but much of the money seems to have been misappropriated according to a report by DNAInfo.com (http://dnain.fo/1V0C1gP).

Leshinsky resigned from his CEO post in 2015. Yet, records indicate that the Department of Homeless Services continued to grant contracts to Housing Bridge despite its financial irregularities. 

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“From what I’ve heard so far, that firm has been addressed very vigorously,” de Blasio said. “The CEO has been removed, and we are working now to take steps to get resources back from that company.”

Leshinsky declined to be interviewed for the article, but Senator Ruben Diaz, who previously decried the close relationship between Leshinsky and de Blasio, as well as the secrecy surrounding how shelter providers are paid, said, “I’m sorry that this happened. It’s a mess,” he said. “And I’m sorry for the homeless. They’re always the ones that are going to pay the price.”


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 Mar 29, 2016 at 11:46 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

hopefully Leshinsky will end up behind bars where he deserves to go for geneva.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 12:24 PM HankM Says:

Comrade Mayor has some capitalist tendencies he must eradicate

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 12:42 PM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #1  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

hopefully Leshinsky will end up behind bars where he deserves to go for geneva.

How about: hopefully this is all not true and Leshinsky is actually innocent.
But then, what would you do with your pathetic life?

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 01:17 PM harry32 Says:

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kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

hopefully Leshinsky will end up behind bars where he deserves to go for geneva.

hopefully youll be there to pick up the soap

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 01:33 PM lo tignov Says:

Ganev!!!!!!!!

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 01:39 PM The_Truth Says:

DeBlasio was happy to take the money, and then happily gave contracts to them, all the while turning a blind eye. As soon as it becomes all over the news and everyone else finds out, he says he'll give the money back.
DeBlasio should be locked up too.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 03:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Nobody wins here, what a shame but unfortunately he did not think of the ramifications a criminal act would do to his family. Instead he got pulled by kovod and wealth. It's happened to many regardless of religious affiliation. We should feel sympathy for him but he should still be prosecuted and I'm sure the ballei chasodim in the community will help out his family. Unfortunately, there are many many people in his neighborhood who are suffering (financially) in silence because they are doing the right thing but they go unnoticed. He should have listened to Rabbi Avigdor Miller ztz"l tapes for personal guidance.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 03:25 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

#6, we need Preet Bharra. DOI is appointed by de blasio so they're hacks, AG Schneiderman wont go after a Democrat. Preet please look into this theft of our tax dollars for a blatant quid pro quo.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 04:28 PM MMNSY Says:

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kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

hopefully Leshinsky will end up behind bars where he deserves to go for geneva.

What an idiot

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 04:42 PM Anonymous Says:

"but much of the money seems to have been misappropriated according to a report by DNAInfo.com"

Hmmm, much of the money seems to imply that it is more than half. Even the allegations in the DNA report, which are only allegations at this point, is not near anything like that.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 05:19 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Nobody wins here, what a shame but unfortunately he did not think of the ramifications a criminal act would do to his family. Instead he got pulled by kovod and wealth. It's happened to many regardless of religious affiliation. We should feel sympathy for him but he should still be prosecuted and I'm sure the ballei chasodim in the community will help out his family. Unfortunately, there are many many people in his neighborhood who are suffering (financially) in silence because they are doing the right thing but they go unnoticed. He should have listened to Rabbi Avigdor Miller ztz"l tapes for personal guidance.

FYI he is an einkel of Rabbi A Miller ZT"L I thik he had plenty of guidance. I also don't think anyone should judge the guy till you are in his shoes. He is also suffering with a sick family member. Its not easy.

And before all you wiseguys write well "if you do the crime you do the time". That's a false unjewish statement. We believe in forgiveness and repentance. The eibshter does not punish people for crimes committed right away rather he waits and accepts ones teshuva. The eibshter also judges people based on their circumstances. One who is going through rough times and commits a crime, his punishment will be less severe. Well this guy is going thru hell right now. Don't judge.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 06:07 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

FYI he is an einkel of Rabbi A Miller ZT"L I thik he had plenty of guidance. I also don't think anyone should judge the guy till you are in his shoes. He is also suffering with a sick family member. Its not easy.

And before all you wiseguys write well "if you do the crime you do the time". That's a false unjewish statement. We believe in forgiveness and repentance. The eibshter does not punish people for crimes committed right away rather he waits and accepts ones teshuva. The eibshter also judges people based on their circumstances. One who is going through rough times and commits a crime, his punishment will be less severe. Well this guy is going thru hell right now. Don't judge.

While I sympathize with him (i too have a close family member who is ill which caused my family to suffer financially where i might even lose my house) there is something called dina malchusa dina. He clearly did not follow the laws of the land and will be judged for it in a court of law. However, it pains me to ask, was he living too large was he making healthy financially sound decisions? Unfortunately, we are so intent with keeping up with our neighbors that we forget our primary relationship with our family. Instead we build houses and buy bungalows that we cannot afford simply to keep up with the astounding wealth in our community. Those of us that try to do the right thing will get the ultimate reward just as he will be judged after 120. I just hope his sick family member never finds.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 07:22 PM enlightened-yid Says:

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Anonymous Says:

FYI he is an einkel of Rabbi A Miller ZT"L I thik he had plenty of guidance. I also don't think anyone should judge the guy till you are in his shoes. He is also suffering with a sick family member. Its not easy.

And before all you wiseguys write well "if you do the crime you do the time". That's a false unjewish statement. We believe in forgiveness and repentance. The eibshter does not punish people for crimes committed right away rather he waits and accepts ones teshuva. The eibshter also judges people based on their circumstances. One who is going through rough times and commits a crime, his punishment will be less severe. Well this guy is going thru hell right now. Don't judge.

Thanks for the good laugh! You are as bad as Palestinians who defend actions of their suicide bombers. They too have the Chosen mentality you're displaying.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 08:19 PM Knokyankel Says:

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kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

hopefully Leshinsky will end up behind bars where he deserves to go for geneva.

Why should anyone get jail time for geniva ? Let him work hard to pay back the money, pay double triple etc.prisons should be only for dangerous people

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 11:00 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

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MMNSY Says:

What an idiot

I agree and not only will he go to jail he made a chillul Ha-hem.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 11:46 PM #11 Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

Thanks for the good laugh! You are as bad as Palestinians who defend actions of their suicide bombers. They too have the Chosen mentality you're displaying.

Noone says he was right in doing what he did. But
1) Don't judge till you are in his shoes
2) Stop with the hard mentality you do the crime you do the time. Its so wrong in so many ways.
Mr enlightened let me remind you that as you judge others so does hashem judge you.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 11:49 PM Anonymous Says:

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Knokyankel Says:

Why should anyone get jail time for geniva ? Let him work hard to pay back the money, pay double triple etc.prisons should be only for dangerous people

Well said. At a time when government is looking to cut down on prison population your proposal is ten times better. Prison is a pure waste of money for non violent offenders. Him and shelly silver should be forced to work city jobs at minimum wage only and they must pay back as much as they can via turning in their assets.

But our prison system is a complete failure and total waste of tax payer dollar. time to rethink the whole system.

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 Mar 29, 2016 at 11:53 PM Americaninwhitehouse Says:

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kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

I agree and not only will he go to jail he made a chillul Ha-hem.

You mean a chillul hashem, like when hiemisha run around screaming crazy conspiracy theories that our president is not american rather a kenyan muslim who just wants to racialize our country. When a sane person sees that he doesn't think you jews are just racist bigots and feel superior??

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 Mar 30, 2016 at 11:19 AM RocklandRes Says:

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kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

#6, we need Preet Bharra. DOI is appointed by de blasio so they're hacks, AG Schneiderman wont go after a Democrat. Preet please look into this theft of our tax dollars for a blatant quid pro quo.

Preet is God!

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 Mar 30, 2016 at 01:06 PM NishtAGoan Says:

Not one of the more respectable members of the Rav Avigdor Miller's ztl family. Did Leshinsky not listen to his grandfather's shiurim on bitachon?

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 May 19, 2016 at 02:59 AM anonymouse12345678 Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

Thanks for the good laugh! You are as bad as Palestinians who defend actions of their suicide bombers. They too have the Chosen mentality you're displaying.

whats does a suicide bomber and a bad loan have in common ?

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