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NY Democrats in a civil war over… pizza?

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There’s a battle brewing in Brooklyn and it’s shaping up to be yet another fight between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Big Apple Mayor (and presidential candidate, for some reason) Bill de Blasio. Seeing these two mixing it up is nothing new, as the friction between them is pretty much legendary. But this dustup is a bit unusual because it involves the fate of one of New York City’s legendary pizza joints. The taxman came and shut down the Di Fara pizzeria this week, kicking everyone out and padlocking the doors. A sign was posted saying that the joint was now the property of New York State. The reason given was a matter of nearly $170,000 in unpaid state taxes. (For the record, the owner claims to have paid all taxes due.)

This prompted Mayor de Blasio to go public with demands that Di Fara be saved. The governor, on the other hand, announced that he was not about to forgive that sort of a state tax debt for anyone, no matter how good their pizza may be. (New York Post)

The war between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio just got saucy.

Cuomo threw a pie in the mayor’s face Wednesday — saying that if hizzoner wants his favorite Brooklyn pizza joint, Di Fara, open again he can pony up the $167,000 in unpaid state taxes the place owes himself.

“He has no legal authority to forgive state taxes,” Cuomo said. “Now, if he wants to pay the $200,000 on behalf of the pizza place, he can do that. That’s fine. And if he wants to get $200,000 worth of pizza, that’s his business. But he can’t forgive state taxes.”

He then added: “I’m not going to pay $200,000 for their pizza, even if it’s very good pizza.”

Cuomo probably wouldn’t have waded into this battle had de Blasio not made his demands in a very public way on Twitter.

You’ll rarely see me taking Andrew Cuomo’s side on much of anything, but he’s definitely in the right here. The Mayor has really stuck his foot in his mouth on this issue for a couple of reasons.

First of all, the government isn’t supposed to be in the business of picking winners and losers in the free market. (Yes, I know they do it all the time in Washington but that doesn’t make it right.) For the Mayor of the city to go out and declare that one particular business is superior to all the others should be an actionable offense.

And even if that were not the case, Bill de Blasio is making a very public statement encouraging some sort of forgiveness for a business that’s run up a massive tax debt and failed to pay it. If City Hall is going to start riding to the rescue of a failing pizzeria, what about everyone else who falls behind on their taxes? Why aren’t they getting special treatment in this fashion? Heck… for that matter, nobody should bother paying their state taxes if the rules don’t apply equally to everyone.

This is a touchy situation for both the Mayor and the Governor, however. New York City (another with northern New Jersey and parts of Connecticut) is the home of the best thin crust, original pizza in the world. New Yorkers take their pizza very seriously. I don’t remember ever having a pie at Di Fara (and that has nothing to do with their previous rodent infestation issues) but I have no doubt it’s good. And yet there are literally hundreds of other competing pizzerias around the area, each with their own very loyal fan base.

When politicians decide to dip a toe into the entire New York pizza scene, they do so at their own risk. Remember what happened with both Donald Trump and Sarah Palin when they ran afoul of the pizza rules? You need to be able to fold a slice and eat it properly or you quickly become persona non grata in the five boroughs. Staking a claim that one pizza place is better than all the others is nothing short of political suicide.

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Trump won’t be welcome back in NYC after his presidency, says mayor who’s not really welcome in NYC either

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Is this guy in a position to be rescinding invitations on New York’s behalf? It’d be like Trump warning an expat that Americans don’t want him around.

Have you checked your own approval rating, buddy?

Let me remind you what happened the last time Trump and de Blasio each had their favorability tested in a poll of New York voters. Here’s Trump…

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…and here’s the very progressive Democrat running for president who’s in charge of America’s most populous city:

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Trump’s unfavorable rating is higher — but so is his favorable rating. He has more fans in New York than de Blasio does.

In New York *state,* that is. When you poll NYC specifically, de Blasio does better but not by much. Trump’s at 29/66 in the Big Apple, de Blasio’s at 39/52. It’s at least within the realm of possibility that the brash, reactionary right-wing Republican president will be more popular in New York City circa 2021 than the far-left mayor, for whom seemingly no one in the city has any use. And not just the city: A few months ago, FiveThirtyEight found that de Blasio was the one and only Dem presidential candidate in a field of 8,000 or so to have a negative favorable rating among Democratic voters nationally, roughly 20 points below what you’d expect his rating to be given how well-known he is.

People just don’t like him. And not in a Trumpian hyperpolarizing way in which many hate him to an irrational degree but just as many defend his every word to a cultish extent. The vibe on de Blasio is a pretty solid uniform dislike. It’s almost impressive, really.

By the way, if you’re wondering what prompted him to roll out unwelcome mat, I think it’s the war of words Trump and de Blasio had on Twitter over miscreants dousing New York police officers with water:

What did Trump want him to do about the dousing, exactly? De Blasio did denounce the behavior.

Anyway, I don’t think POTUS is going back to NYC when he’s done. It’s true enough that he wouldn’t be received warmly, even if de Blasio’s in no position to gloat about that. Why endure the snubs of Manhattan high society when he could relocate to sunny Mar-a-Lago and spend his days golfing, receiving well-wishers, and developing plans for the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library, Hotel, and Casino? Exit question: Will de Blasio be welcomed back to NYC after his dismal failure of a presidential run? The jury’s out.

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NY Post: Time for de Blasio to go

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I’m sure you’ve all heard about the major, end of the world power outage that hit New York City over the weekend. Everyone has been talking about it and it’s eating up a ton of the news cycle on CNN today. (For some reason.) In any event, it was some unfortunate timing for Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio, because when the lights went out and traffic ground to a halt he was in Iowa continuing his bizarre quest for the Democrats’ presidential nomination. That was apparently the last straw for the New York Post, who came out and called for Hizzoner to quit his job or be removed if he’s no longer interested in doing it.

The lights went out on Broadway Saturday night, and Bill de Blasio was a thousand miles away in Iowa. It was the moment that perfectly captured his distracted, ego-driven failure of a mayoralty.

Bill de Blasio does not care about New York City. He does not care about its people. He does not care about how it’s run. He does not care about you or your taxes, creating jobs or improving lives. All Bill de Blasio cares about is Bill de Blasio.

And so, for the good of the city, Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to remove the mayor from office.

The fact that Bill de Blasio has been something of a failure as Mayor is neither new information nor a secret, and the Post has done tremendous work over the years documenting his many shortcomings. Whether it was wasteful programs that burned through cash while producing few (if any) results or the stench of corruption surrounding City Hall, there’s been plenty to complain about.

But with all that said, I do have to question why this particular event should be the one to trigger de Blasio’s departure. Yes, he was in Iowa when a “crisis” struck and that makes for bad political optics. But in all honesty, what was he going to do if he was at City Hall when the power went off? Go out and start repairing transformers? The most he would likely do is have somebody put in a call to the utility company and get an estimate as to when they would have it fixed.

Also, the argument has been made before this (sometimes by the New York Post, in fact) that the city actually runs just fine without him. In fact, it might even run better when he’s not around.

The bigger question for me is why this blackout was being treated like such a huge deal. I mean, if it had been the result of sabotage or a terrorist attack, it would certainly be news. But the power company just described it as an equipment failure. I put this question forward on Twitter earlier today.

This is one of the more amusing and interesting responses I received.

Seriously, people. It’s a blackout. We had one here on a Friday afternoon a few weeks ago that lasted hours in the middle of a workday. Yes, it was an inconvenience, but the world didn’t end. Not everything that happens in the Big Apple is Big News. I mean, if there’s another sighting of Pizza Rat, I could see making a fuss over it. But this was just a blackout.

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Bill de Blasio Gets Absolutely Raked By New York City Police Officers After Debate

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Bill de Blasio has no business running for President but he’s going to try anyway and last night’s performance at the debate was awkward to say the least. He spent most of the night yelling and trying to interrupt everyone, including the moderators who quickly cut to commercial at one point after one of his outbursts.

On substance, de Blasio wasn’t any better. He gave some answers in a discussion about guns that didn’t sit well with New York Police Officers.

That’s the NYC Police Benevolence Association, which represents over 50,000 current and former officers. They help advocate and take care of the needs of those serving in the nation’s largest city.

De Blasio’s answers were typical fare from him. He basically blamed police for everything, hence the “we need to have a conversation about policing” nonsense. He made claims that simply aren’t true about New York’s crime rates. He tried to claim that he “runs the largest police force in the country.” While that may be true technically in a hierarchical sense, he doesn’t actually “run” anything. He lords over them to the point where most of the NYPD hate his guts.

The only way to combat crime is more policing, not this feel good rhetoric about building relationships. We saw that in the 90’s when increased policing led to the greatest drop in violent crime in modern history, of which we are still seeing the benefits of today. But because inter-sectionalism has overtaken everything on the left, common sense no longer applies. The less policing in these poor neighborhoods, the higher crime rates go and the more minority individuals are harmed or killed. Yet, it’s seen as compassionate and woke to just blame police.

De Blasio is a joke at this point. He knows it and everyone else knows it. The only thing more ironic than him running for President is that he’d no doubt get re-elected if the law allowed him to run for Mayor of New York again.

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De Blasio somehow manages to lose debate before it begins

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I’ll confess that I didn’t get to watch the Democrats debate last night and had to catch the blooper reels this morning. (I’m old and these things start too late for me.) But not all of the action was taking place at the lecterns, and some of it wound up generating headlines before anyone was on stage. Perhaps one of the best examples was that of New York City Mayor and (for some reason nobody has been able to explain) presidential candidate Bill de Blasio.

As is traditional with such events, the candidates were all bringing along some surrogates who were willing to endorse them. This is a traditional way to show the sort of support they are generating and attract more followers. When it came to Hizzoner, he had a fairly impressive supporter to show off for the media in the person of Stuart Appelbaum. Mr. Appelbaum is the head of the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, which boasts more than 100,000 members and holds some clout with the Democratic Party. Unfortunately for Mayor Bill, however, there was a fly in the ointment. When questioned by the press, Appelbaum flatly informed them that he wasn’t endorsing de Blasio or anyone else for that matter. (NY Post)

De Blasio’s upstart presidential campaign introduced labor leader Stuart Appelbaum as one of his supporters preceding the first Democratic Presidential Debate in Miami Wednesday night — but Appelbaum said he wasn’t backing Hizzoner.

“I’m not a surrogate for anyone,” the labor leader told reporters gathered for the 2020 Dems’ debate. “I’m here because of my role within the Democratic National Committee.”

Appelbaum — head of the 100,000-member Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union — was one of two people the mayor’s campaign brought to the press-filing center to talk up de Blasio’s record just two hours before the debate.

Appelbaum did praise the Mayor for some of his work back home in New York City but also went on to express his admiration for other candidates, including Warren, Gillibrand, Sanders and Biden. Man, that’s going to be an awkward flight back from Miami.

As for being on the debate stage, de Blasio clearly knew he wasn’t going to have a lot of time so he took some wild swings as the evening went on. He trotted out his previous line about how there’s plenty of money in the country, but “it’s just in the wrong hands.” When Beto O’Rourke declined to endorse the end of private health insurance, the Mayor interrupted him and talked over him, prompting some groans from the audience. And Hizzoner’s endorsement of Medicare for All led to some back and forth with Cory Booker that was mildly entertaining but didn’t bring anything to the discussion we haven’t heard many times before.

This brief video summary from CBS News includes some of the lowlights of de Blasio’s time on camera and the spats I mentioned above.

It’s hard to see how last night winds up doing very much to lift Bill de Blasio’s fortunes. His message and policies weren’t noticeably different from most of the rest of the field and all he really managed to do was come off as a rude, interrupting bully. He continues to poll at pretty much zero percent across the nation and was among the candidates most in need of a big breakthrough moment. From what I’m seeing on the replays this morning, he didn’t get it. But thanks for playing, Bill.

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LA officials advise illegal immigrants on how to thwart ICE

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Another helpful public service from the municipal government of Los Angeles and the Governor of California. They’re making sure that some specific residents of the City of Angels are up to date with the latest information. The residents in question are the illegal aliens in the city and both the Mayor and the Governor are tipping them off about potential ICE raids and how they can thwart law enforcement. Isn’t that just the most helpful thing ever? (CBS Los Angeles)

Gov. Newsom posted a video to Twitter alerting those of their rights when it comes to ICE stating, “CA will always defend the rights of our immigrant communities.”

Newsom listed several of those rights saying, “You do not have to open the door—you have the right against unlawful searches. You have the right to speak to a lawyer. You have the right to remain silent.”

Other L.A. officials took to social media after President Trump threatened to crack down on undocumented workers.

Assuming that a deal isn’t reached and the ICE raids the President promised earlier this month are back on the table, Los Angeles is without a doubt one of the targets. Unfortunately for the illegal aliens in that city, the Governor is feeding them bum information. These raids are targeting individuals who have already had their day in court and have a standing deportation order against them which they chose to ignore. And yes, since they are identified in advance, ICE will have warrants.

When these officers show up at your door with a warrant, I suppose it’s technically true that you “do not have to open the door.” But you’re just creating more repair bills for your family because ICE can bust it down. Telling them they have a “right against unlawful searches” applies to everyone, but guess what. If they have a warrant it’s a lawful search. They can certainly call a lawyer when they’re taken back to the station, but since they already have a deportation order against them it’s not going to do much good. As to the right to remain silent… absolutely. Feel free to not say a word until they drop you off back in your home country.

The Mayor of L.A., Eric Garcetti, sent out his own supporting message to the illegal alien population.

Mayor Eric Garcetti posted to Twitter stating, “No Angeleno should ever have to fear being snatched from their home or separated from their loved ones…”

Really, Mr. Mayor? No Angeleno should ever have to fear being snatched from their home? No Angeleno? How about if the Angelino in question is the Golden State Killer? Seems to me he was snatched from his home fairly recently and nobody complained. How about if it’s someone wanted for armed robbery? How about if it’s a member of the Trump administration? I’m sure you can think of a few people that are due for a good forced extraction from their domicile. But apparently, you’re just willing to make an exception and defy court orders if the crime is illegal immigration.

Who are these elected officials serving? And what happened to the rule of law? It would seem that in today’s Los Angeles, those are trifling concerns.

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Calls for Buttigieg to resign grow

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Following one shooting by the police and multiple shots fired at the police in South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is facing a full-blown political crisis. He’s had to skip out on various national campaign events to run back home and try to keep a lid on the situation there. He has activists calling him a racist who can’t keep his cops under control and a police chief who says he’s throwing the cops under a bus. (Both sides have some valid complaints from the look of things.) And now, to top it all off, the former president of the South Bend Common Council is sending out a one-word message to the mayor: Resign. (Free Beacon)

After the fallout from a recent police shooting unleashed turmoil on South Bend, former Common Council president Derek Dieter has a message for Mayor Pete Buttigieg: “resign.”

“Because of Pete’s selfishness, in my opinion, he is still the mayor,” Dieter told the Washington Free Beacon. Dieter explained that if Buttigieg were to resign, a provisional mayor would be chosen in a caucus by city precinct leaders. A new mayor, Dieter said, would be able to devote greater attention to South Bend than Buttigieg as he is running for president.

“To me, it doesn’t make sense. If you’re running for president, that’s a lot of pressure, you got to be on the road,” Dieter said. “Everything that happens in South Bend shouldn’t be on your mind. You should be concentrating on running for president. So, I’m adamant that he should resign as mayor.”

Buttigieg seems to be learning the hard way that holding down two full-time jobs at once isn’t as easy as it looks. This is particularly true for mayors, I suppose since people look to them for stability and executive decisions during a crisis. And the situation in South Bend is definitely approaching crisis levels. He’s probably on the phone on a daily basis sending instructions back home, but that’s not the same as being there in person to take charge.

Oddly enough, the same problems don’t seem to have plagued Bill de Blasio. He’s the mayor of a city with literally one hundred times as many people in it, spends virtually all of his time on the campaign trail and it seems as if hardly anyone has noticed. In fact, some of his critics claim that the Big Apple runs better when he’s not around.

All of this brings up two questions that Karen raised recently, but are particularly applicable as we head into the first debates tonight. First, will the moderators be asking Mayor Pete about the racial/policing issues in South Bend during his five minutes in the spotlight? If not, will his opponents bring the subject up as a way to drag him back down in the polling?

And second, there’s a related but broader question for the Democrats to consider. Mayor Pete is asking for the job of being the leader of the free world. If he can’t keep a city of barely 100,000 souls functioning smoothly, is he really ready for the White House? Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a guy with a great story to tell and he comes off as a sympathetic character the media adores. But if he wants to be President he’s also got to show that he can walk and chew gum at the same time.

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Shocker: Decriminalizing NYC bus fare skipping leads to fewer people paying fares

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Prison reform (or justice reform) is a big ticket item for all of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, and that includes all manner of decriminalization. POTUS candidate and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is a big proponent of such things and the theory extends far beyond just legalization of marijuana. In the Big Apple, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance was urged last year to end criminal prosecutions for people who board buses without paying the fares or jump the turnstiles in the subway. This was supposed to end the “harassment” of poor people and end needless court appearances for such low-level scofflaws who are frequently economically disadvantaged people of color.

Sounds good, right? A nice little gift for those who are struggling. But to the shock of absolutely nobody outside of the city government, no sooner had they enacted the policy than many people just stopped paying the fares entirely. And by “lots” I mean as many as 24% of bus riders. Turnstile jumping is on the increase as well and it’s costing the transit system millions. (NY Post)

More and more riders are boarding city buses without paying the fare, according to new MTA data for the first quarter of 2019.

The cheapskates run most rampant on local bus routes, where one in every four riders skirts the fare, representing a 35-percent spike from the same time period in 2018.

Turnstile-jumping on the subways is also on the rise, though it remains far less frequent at approximately 3.9 percent of riders, the data, released ahead of the agency’s Monday board meeting, shows…

Fare-beating is a growing strain on the coffers of the $17 billion agency — which hemorrhaged $240 million, or 1.5 percent of its annual budget, over the 12 months ending in March.

The same people who thought this was a great idea (specifically Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio) are now struggling with how to fix the system they just finished fixing. They just announced plans to reassign as many as 500 NYPD officers to monitor bus and train routes “as a deterrent to fare-beaters.”

Seriously? You’re going to pull 500 cops off of other duty to make sure people are buying and using tokens for mass transit? You know, guys, we actually already had a “deterrent to fare-beaters.”It was the knowledge that if they were caught doing it they would be dragged into court and have to pay a fine. If they did it too many times, they might wind up cooling their heels in a jail cell for a little while. And it worked fairly well.

What we’re seeing here is yet another example of the negative results we’ve experienced since moving away from the previous “Broken Windows” theory of law enforcement. By acting aggressively to prevent smaller crimes, you create an environment where escalation to larger crimes is less likely. But now, this compassionate approach seems to be relying on the idea that if Big Brother is seen as more of a friendly fellow who won’t punish you when you color outside the lines, everyone will just behave well and march off into the rainbow-colored sunset.

So you decided to stop prosecuting fare-jumpers. And then people stopped paying the fares. If only there had been some way to predict that this would happen.

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New Baltimore Mayor has a “unique” plan to end gang violence

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With the official departure from Baltimore City Hall (at long, long last) of former Mayor Catherine Pugh, leadership has temporarily passed to the new mayor, former City Council honcho Jack Young. But it won’t be enough for Mayor Young to simply sit around the office pointing out that he doesn’t have any million dollar self-dealing schemes selling children’s books to the University of Maryland Medical System. Pugh left Charm City with a lot of very serious challenges to be overcome. Not the least of these is the staggering murder rate, primarily at the hands of the city’s many gangs.

Never fear, citizens. Mayor Young has a plan that perhaps makes up for its dubious prospects with its stunning novelty. All too often, when some of the young gangsters have a beef with each other they immediately look to settle the score with illegal handguns. But under the Mayor’s plan, they’ll set the weapons aside and settle their differences in the boxing ring. (CBS Baltimore)

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young has a suggestion on how the city could help end street beefs — a public boxing ring.

“You know gun violence is something that has been plaguing this city for 10 years,” Young said at a rally against gun violence Sunday, “and you know the murder rate in this city and non-fatal shooting rate in this city has increased. I’m not happy with it and neither should the citizens of Baltimore.”

Young said the city can find other means to settle disputes: “There’s mediation. You know if they really want to settle them, we can have them down at the civic center — put a boxing ring up and let ’em go a box it out.”

“The best man win and the beef should be over,” he added. “Those are some of the things I’ve been thinking about — hoping we can get these people to put these guns down.”

Your first reaction may be to scoff and nobody could blame you. After all, HBO’s iconic drama series, The Wire, wasn’t just a great television show. It was pretty much a documentary with the names of real people being changed to avoid lawsuits.

But even with that said, could this conceivably work? If you set up a boxing ring and invite the gang bangers to come down there and settle their differences that way, would anyone show up? Sure, it seems rather unlikely. If there are going to be a bunch of cops and elected officials hanging around, people with criminal records may be reluctant to approach. Also, if one person is noticeably bigger than the other or has a reputation for being proficient at fisticuffs, the smaller of the two has little incentive to climb in the ring. And what’s to stop the (sore) loser of the bout from coming back later with a Saturday Night Special and settling the matter permanently?

But hey, if it doesn’t cost too much, why not give it a try? It’s not as if anything else they’ve done has been working all that well.

His other idea might have at least a little more promise. How about an official system of mediation? You wouldn’t want to have police officers handling it, but perhaps the word could be put out that some civic and religious leaders are available in a neutral space for the two sides to sit down for a session of arbitration. Perhaps some leniency from the Baltimore PD for the gangs that agree to participate could be offered.

I realize these probably sound like crazy or even hopeless plans, but Baltimore is basically a killing field during the summer and neither the city nor the state has been able to do much to curb the violence. New ideas are needed, and if the new mayor can cut down on the violence even a little it will be better than nothing.

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More de Blasio donors plead guilty in corruption cases

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Mayor de Blasio, you may want to call your office.

Bill de Blasio is still busy pushing his not-yet-declared presidential bid, but things back at home aren’t looking so great. As the New York Post reports this week, two more of Hizzonor’s political cronies and donors have pleaded guilty to campaign finance law violations. I’ve lost track of how many this makes, but the latest two seem to have been some bold and shameless traders in political influence.

Two corrupt brothers whose engineering firm was awarded millions of dollars in city contracts pleaded guilty Monday to illegally funneling cash to Mayor de Blasio’s 2013 election campaign.

Husam Ahmad, the CEO of HAKS and part-owner of SIMCO, copped to one count of first-degree bribery in the scheme, which also included an allegedly corrupt DEP official. Ahmad is expected to be sentenced to two to six years behind bars July 8.

Court papers say his plea agreement will also end a Brooklyn federal investigation into him but do not elaborate on the nature of that probe.

In addition to the CEO of HAKS, his brother, CFO Shahid Akhtar, pleaded to two counts of offering a false instrument for filing. He’s expected to get one to three years at sentencing. The company will pay a fine of three million dollars.

The brothers didn’t employ any particularly subtle tactics in funneling money to de Blasio’s campaign coffers. They got their staff members at HAKS to make maximum donations with the understanding that they would be reimbursed in the form of bonuses. And through some tremendous “coincidence,” the company received more than $36 million in municipal contracts. Funny how that works out, eh?

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this story playing out in de Blasio’s orbit. There’s a guy named Harendra Singh who is currently sitting in jail after pleading guilty to bribing the mayor to the tune of $25K. The other corruption trials swirling around de Blasio’s administration and various campaign adventures could make for a heck of a Hollywood movie. Another guy named Jona Rechnitz also pleaded guilty to bribing the Mayor in 2017 and went to prison. (And that story involved private jets with hookers onboard flying off to Vegas.)

Yet somehow, in all of this, no charges are ever filed against Mayor de Blasio himself. And the guy fancies himself presidential material. One can only imagine the fun that his Democratic opponents in the primary would have with these stories if he actually declared and began to gain any traction in the polls.

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