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Malliotakis Files FOIA Request on Mayor’s Travel

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New Yorkers Have a Right to Know How Much Taxpayers Spent

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, held a Wednesday morning news conference on the steps of City Hall to announce the filing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Office of the Mayor and with the NYPD.

The FOIA requests “information specifying the total cost to the City of New York for the following visits outside of the City of New York made by Mayor Bill de Blasio, including but not limited to protection by the New York City Police Department; transportation to the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; transportation returning from the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; transportation within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; lodging within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; and meals within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail.”

The request then lists 21 separate trips that Mayor de Blasio has taken; starting with a trip to Chicago Illinois on March 6, 2014 and ending with this month’s excursion to Hamburg, Germany where the Mayor attempted to insert himself into international politics at the G-20 summit; neglecting New York City after the Department of Homeless Services revealed a 39% spike in street homelessness, a police officer was assassinated and then skipping the swearing-in ceremony for 524 new NYPD recruits.

Nicole Malliotakis Press Conference FOIA Request

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Last night, in my name and on behalf of the taxpayers of New York City, I filed a FOIA request with the Office of the Mayor and with the NYPD requesting the costs of 21 trips the Mayor has taken since March of 2014. “Since his return from Germany, the Mayor and his staff have been mum when questioned by the media; citing security concerns, they have directed all questions to the NYPD. The NYPD then cites security concerns as the reason for not answering questions on the topic.

“I want to be clear; in no way do I want to jeopardize the safety of the Mayor or of the men and women of the NYPD who protect him. I am not asking for the number of NYPD personnel assigned to him on a trip. What I am asking for is the bottom line; what did it cost the taxpayers of New York. “Bill de Blasio’s disregard for the public’s right to know and for the most basic tenets of transparency in government have been on full display over the course of his first 3 ½ years in City Hall. Once again, Bill de Blasio has put the NYPD in a bad position by passing the buck to them. If the Mayor would ‘man-up’ and release the full costs of these trips, I would gladly withdraw the FOIA request I submitted to the NYPD.

“New York taxpayers deserve to know what Mayor de Blasio’s trips are costing them during a critical time when the subway crisis is at its worst, homelessness is skyrocketing and other quality of life issues are deteriorating.

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The FOIA REQUEST:

To: Office of the New York City Mayor
From: Nicole Malliotakis
Date: July 18, 2017

I request delivery, to my home address listed above, information specifying the total cost to the City of New York for the following visits outside of the City of New York made by Mayor Bill de Blasio, including but not limited to protection by the New York City Police Department; transportation to the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; transportation returning from the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; transportation within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; lodging within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail; and meals within the destination for Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and his security detail:

1. Chicago, IL, on or about March 6, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
2. Atlantic City, NJ, on or about March 13, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
3. Boston, MA, on or about June 26, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
4. Various locations in Italy, on or about July 19, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
5. Manchester, United Kingdom, on or about September 24, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
6. Various locations in Puerto Rico, on or about November 6, 2014 until his return to the City of New York.
7. Paris, France, on or about January 20, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
8. Various locations in Puerto Rico, on or about April 3, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
9. Omaha, NE, on or about April 15, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
10. Des Moines, IA, on or about April 16, 2015 until his return to the city of New York.
11. Various locations in California, on or about May 14, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
12. Various locations in Arizona, California, and New Mexico, on or about July 1, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
13. Various locations in Italy, on or about July 7, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
14. Various locations in Rhode Island, on or about August 17, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
15. Various locations in Connecticut, on or about September 4, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
16. Various locations in Israel, on or about October 16, 2015 until his return to the City of New York.
17. Various locations in Florida, on or about March 24, 2016 until his return to the City of New York.
18. Various locations in Italy, on or about July 18, 2016 until his return to the City of New York.
19. Various locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island, on or about August 22, 2016 until his return to the city of New York.
20. Various locations in California, Florida, and Illinois, on or about March 3, 2017 until his return to the City of New York.
21. Various locations in Germany, on or about July 6, 2017 until his return to the City of New York.

Malliotakis Calls for Demotion of Judge Baily-Schiffman

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Judge’s actions are a threat to the men and women of the NYPD

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, today called for Brooklyn acting Supreme Court Judge Loren Baily-Schiffman to be demoted back to Civil Court. Malliotakis called the judge and her actions, “a threat to the men and women of the NYPD and to the citizens of our city.”

Malliotakis was referring to a case this past weekend where Judge Baily-Schiffman released a mentally ill man without bail or a psychiatric evaluation after he had attempted to he attempted to grab the gun of a police officer during a scuffle at the 83rd Precinct in Brooklyn. The suspect was charged with numerous counts, including assault on a police officer, attempted criminal possession of a weapon and attempted robbery. Prosecutors asked Judge Baily-Schiffman to hold the suspect in lieu of a $250,000 bail, but, the judge ordered him released on his own recognizance.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Less than a week before this incident took place, New Yorkers witnessed the cold-blooded assassination of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia in the Bronx by a mentally ill suspect. Any suspect who attempts to grab a police officer’s gun and threatens to kill themselves or another deserves to be behind bars, or at the very least, should be placed under observation on a 72 hour-psychiatric hold. The fact that this suspect was released is a threat to the men and women of the NYPD and to the citizens of our city.

“This wasn’t the only questionable decision by Judge Baily-Schiffman this past weekend. On Sunday, she also disregarded prosecutor’s request for bail when she placed a suspect, who had threatened to kill a nun in a Brooklyn Church, into Mayor de Blasio’s Supervised Release Program. On the same day, she also released 2 thugs on their own recognizance after they were charged with hate crimes for assaulting, punching and threatening to lynch an African American male on the streets of Sheepshead Bay. In that case prosecutors had requested a $50,000 bail for each suspect.

“When a judge releases suspects like these; all New Yorkers are placed at risk. Today, I call on Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks to remove Judge Loren Baily-Schiffman from criminal court and demote her to the civil court position she was elected to. I also call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to show leadership and do the same. One would think that after attending the funeral of a police officer who was gunned down in cold blood, Mayor de Blasio would speak-out to insure that this judge never takes actions like these again.”

Malliotakis Renews Calls for Cost of Mayor’s Trips

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Bill de Blasio needs to understand one key point; He works for the taxpayers of New York City!

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, today renewed her call that Mayor Bill de Blasio should release information on the cost to the taxpayers of the NYPD security detail on his recent trip to the G-20 meeting in Germany. Assemblywoman Malliotakis called on the mayor to, “stop being evasive, open up the books and let the taxpayers know what his out of town trips have cost the taxpayers over the 3 ½ years you’ve served as mayor.”

Recent media reports have shown that Mayor de Blasio has spent 77 workdays outside of the city (excluding trips to Albany or Washington) nearly double the amount of time Mayor Bloomberg spent out of town during his final term in office.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Bill de Blasio has always claimed to be a big supporter of transparency. Why then, won’t he come clean and release the costs of his security detail during his travels outside of the city. The fact that his administration refuses to answer the media’s question due to security concerns just doesn’t hold water. He has publicly stated the daily costs of providing security for the president when he is in town and the media routinely writes about the cost of trips for the president when he travels abroad.

“Originally, New Yorkers were told it was a 3 man detail protecting him, now it has come to light that in addition a 4 person NYPD team was also sent to Germany to advance the trip. All this, on a trip that was supposedly a last minute decision and which has nothing to do with his official job as mayor. Mayor de Blasio needs to stop being evasive, open up the books and let the taxpayers know what his out of town trips have cost the taxpayers over the 3 ½ years you’ve served as mayor.

“Bill de Blasio needs to understand one key point; he works for the taxpayers of New York City and it’s about time he stops the excuses and lets New Yorkers know what his political jaunts around the nation and the world are actually costing this city.”

Malliotakis: de Blasio is Playing New Yorkers for Fools

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While New Yorkers struggle with traffic, transit, and trash woes, de Blasio traipses off to Germany to protest.

As New Yorkers prepared for the “summer of hell” consisting of train delays, traffic at a stand still, an out of control homeless crisis and a rise in shootings that included the assassination of an NYPD police officer, Bill de Blasio left his post to join violent protesters in Germany. While our mayor is off fighting an ideological war, New Yorkers are left home to fend for themselves. de Blasio doesn’t care because he believes he will sail to re-election in November on the Democrat line.

Simply put – Bill de Blasio is playing New Yorkers for fools!

As Mayor, I will spend every waking hour working for the people of New York City. My agenda is simple – by treating the New York City taxpayer with respect instead of as an ATM, I will grow small business, create good paying jobs, invest in infrastructure and provide quality education for all our children. Most important, I will stand behind our police department and provide them with the tools they need to restore the quality of life in New York City.

New Yorkers Want to Know Cost of NYPD Security for Hamburg Junket

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Will Mayor Serve Full Term in Office? -or- Does He Run for National Office?

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, today called upon Mayor Bill de Blasio to come clean with the taxpayers of New York City and release the cost of his NYPD security detail’s trip to Hamburg, as well as, the tab he’s run up on his personal and political trips over the past 3 ½ years. Malliotakis called the trips “the escapades of a politician in search of a national candidacy.”

Over the course of his term in office Bill de Blasio has jetted off to a variety of locations, including Presidential primary hot-spots Iowa and Vermont, and other locations for events not related to his official duties as mayor.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Now that Mayor de Blasio has returned from his visit to Hamburg and the G-20, City Hall must release an accounting of all trips made and their cost to the taxpayers, so we can fully understand how much and what New Yorkers are paying for. We need transparency, so citizens can see the cost of the NYPD security team, their airfare, lodging and any other expenses being picked up by the city. The political nature of these trips appear to be the escapades of a politician in search of a national candidacy.

“New York’s taxpayers are already footing the cost of close to $15 million legal fees for the mayor and his aides in the legal defense of his fundraising schemes to influence elections and build his national image.

“Over the past few days, New Yorkers have witnessed this misguided arrogance on full display as the Mayor jetted off to Hamburg, Germany in search of an audience willing to listen to a speech were he extolled the diversity of the riders of our subways, while failing to mention the crisis our transit system faces and the so called ‘summer of hell’ that starts today. The list of problems our city faces goes on and on; a 40% jump in the street homeless population, failing schools, the city run public hospitals which are hemorrhaging billions of dollars and the steady decline in the quality of life in our city as crime and grime return to our streets.

“Once again, Bill de Blasio demonstrated a total disconnect from reality by leaving a city in mourning the day after the assassination of a police officer, instead of encouraging and supporting 524 new officers at a police academy graduation. If a political leader can’t display leadership and focus on the job elected to do, why should New Yorkers vote to re-elect him or her in the first place?

“New Yorkers and the media need to ask Bill de Blasio a simple question; are you using City Hall as merely a soap box for a run for the 2020 national Democratic ticket.”

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