C is for corruption? A quick guide to de Blasio's scandals

C is for corruption? A quick guide to de Blasio's scandals

C is for corruption? A quick guide to de Blasio's scandals
May 11, 2016

What starts with the letter “C”?

How about “carriage horses,” “condominiums” and “campaign contributions”?

What are some other things that start with “C”?

“Conflict of interest” starts with “C”!  So does “criminal referral” – but who cares about these other things?

Not Mayor Bill de Blasio! Although it may look like he’s been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, nobody at City Hall has been charged with any crimes.

But with investigators sniffing around, where will the trail of cookie crumbs lead?

State Senate Democratic fundraising

A criminal referral from Risa Sugarman, the state Board of Elections’ enforcement chief, reportedly describes potential campaign finance violations in the mayor’s attempts to secure a Democratic majority in the state Senate in 2014. According to reports, several de Blasio associates have been subpoenaed, but the mayor has not been accused of wrongdoing.

Central Park carriage horses

The animal-rights group NYCLASS, which is opposed to carriage horses in Central Park, campaigned against Christine Quinn in the 2013 mayoral race, helping pave the way for de Blasio’s victory. Questions have been raised about donations from the group to de Blasio and his unsuccessful efforts to ban Central Park horse carriages.

Rivington House

A New York City agency approved a deed change allowing a developer to convert a building designated for nonprofit health care use into condominiums through a sale that netted a $72 million profit. The mayor professed that he first heard about the controversial deed change in the news, although members of administration acknowledged they were aware of it.


A probe into the NYPD led to two businessman, Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, who were major donors to the mayor. Questions have been raised about whether the two men received favors from the NYPD in exchange for gifts. Two people have been arrested and a number of police staff demoted. Former NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks and correction officers union chief Norman Seabrook have also been linked to the probe.


Jon Lentz
is City & State’s editor-in-chief.