Republican mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis slammed Mayor de Blasio Sunday over revelations the city eased up on illegal hotel enforcement against a de Blasio donor after a major contribution.
Outside the Madison Ave. building owned by donor Jona Rechnitz, Malliotakis held a copy of Sunday’s Daily News and said Tuesday’s election is “an opportunity to end these types of headlines, and the embarrassment this mayor has caused the people of New York.”
As the Daily News reported, Rechnitz paid more than $75,000 in fines to resolve violations for illegally using the East Midtown apartment building as a hotel.
But after he gave $102,300 for de Blasio’s push to flip the state Senate to Democratic control – a donation he said the mayor personally requested – illegal hotel complaints continued for nearly a year, but the city found no violations and issued no fines.
“Once again we open up the newspaper today to read about another pay-to-play scandal,” Malliotakis, a Staten Island Assemblywoman, said at the press conference outside Rechnitz’s building.
“This has been the reality of Mayor de Blasio’s four years in office, and New Yorkers have a decision on Tuesday on whether they want to continue to open up the newspaper and see articles like this.”
Federal and state authorities probed de Blasio’s fundraising operation, but opted not to bring criminal charges.
But just days before the election, Hizzoner has again been dogged by corruption allegations stemming from Rechnitz’s testimony at the trial of jail union boss Norman Seabrook.