GOP mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis said bombshell testimony from wealthy donor Jona Rechnitz on how he bought access to Mayor de Blasio proves that City Hall is on the take.
“There’s literally a “For Sale” sign at the gates and we need to change this culture,” Malliotakis, a state Assembly member, told NY1 early Friday.
“What today’s headlines really show is that there needs to be an investigation that’s reopened here,” she added. “It’s really shocking.”
Rechnitz testified Thursday at the bribery trial of the former head of the corrections union that by donating more than $100,000 to the mayor’s political causes, “Whenever we would call [the mayor’s fundraiser] for access or for a favor, we were getting the response that we expected and the results we were expecting.”
The Manhattan US Attorney’s office and Manhattan District Attorney both investigated Mayor de Blasio’s fundraising, but closed the probes after nearly a year in March without filing charges.
Asked why it would be fair to reopen those probes, Malliotakis noted that one of de Blasio’s defense attorneys had donated $70,000 to Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s political campaign prior to the investigation.
When the case was closed, Vance’s office had also chided the mayor’s administration for violating the spirit of the law.
“Is that what we want in a mayor? Someone who’s looking for that little loophole to get around the law, or do we want someone who has a moral compass who’s going to do what’s right for the people of this city and put them first?” Malliotakis told NY1.
When the topic turned to her own campaign message, Malliotakis – who is trailing considerably in the polls – said the main issue is the disparity between the city’s high spending and its meager results.
“We’re spending a lot more money than we were 3.5 years ago and yet things have deteriorated in our city. Our quality of life has been ruined,” she said. “We’re spending nearly double what we were on the homeless crisis and yet it has gotten worse.”