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New York - NYC Mayor Vows Harsh Punishment For Those Arrested In NYPD Corruption Probe

Published on: June 23, 2016 04:18 PM
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New York Police Department Deputy Inspector James Grant (C) departs Federal Court in Manhattan after a corruption hearing in New York, U.S., June 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  New York Police Department Deputy Inspector James Grant (C) departs Federal Court in Manhattan after a corruption hearing in New York, U.S., June 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

New York - Making his weekly appearance on Brian Lehrer’s Ask The Mayor segment on WNYC a day earlier than usual, Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted the players in the NYPD corruption scandal while taking the opportunity to use U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s latest press conference to vindicate himself.

de Blasio warned of “very real consequences” for those involved in the scheme, labeling it “disgusting.”

“It obviously was illegal,” said the mayor.  “It was wrong and they got caught.”

de Blasio credited the NYPD and its Internal Affairs Bureau for picking up on the illicit activity perpetrated by those at the highest levels of command.

“I’m shocked that they were senior police officials because they obviously were not following the law in a very egregious way,” remarked de Blasio.

Bolstered by Bharara’s findings that the corruption began before he took office, de Blasio repeated his assertions that both he and City Hall played no part in the scandal.

“As the U.S. Attorney said very plainly, not only did this start before I was mayor, it has nothing to do with me or the mayor’s office.”

de Blasio said that his office had vetted contributors Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz and that both came up clean at the time and that he knew of no inappropriate inroads made by the pair within the confines of City Hall.

The mayor also expressed his support for the NYPD, noting that it is important not to let the actions of a few tarnish the reputation of the entire department.

“By the end of the year we will have almost 36,000 police officers and we are talking about a handful of people who did something wrong,” said de Blasio.


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 Jun 23, 2016 at 04:34 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

both Reichberg and Rechnitz were on HIS inaugurational committee. Talk about having a chip on your back.

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 Jun 23, 2016 at 06:31 PM Anonymous Says:

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kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

both Reichberg and Rechnitz were on HIS inaugurational committee. Talk about having a chip on your back.

The mayor was trying to be fair and inclusive of all communities. Unlike comrade Bloomberg, De-Blassio was a true mentsch who tried to respect the fum community's needs. One of the ways you do that is by placing people from the community on the inaugural committee. Unfortunatley, unzer hieimisha saw this as an opportunity to take the new naive progressive mayor for a ride whether its legal but unethical real estate deals or this rechnitz case they made De-Blassio into a laughing stock. Now the fruma will pay for it and terms of politicians who won't trust us

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 Jun 23, 2016 at 08:39 PM Heeb Says:

Groisah tzadik this delazy-o is........

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 Jun 24, 2016 at 12:08 PM ActualJew Says:

I hope these dirty cops and their court Jews all go to prison for a long time. Read the NY Post today to find out what world class sleazes all these guys are. You would not want to sit next to them in shul or on a bus. They are world class lowlives.

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