The mayor of New York City might be in hot water for directing the NYPD to run personal errands for his family. And it’s not the first time he’s been called out for it.
The New York Daily News reported that Mayor Bill de Blasio was directly questioned about city police officers driving his son to Yale University in New Haven.
But he denied the accusations, saying that the NYPD cops decided to make the trip on their own.
“I never ordered anyone to do anything,” de Blasio said to NY1 News.
The drive from downtown New York City up to New Haven, Connecticut doesn’t take more than a few hours, but it’s a frustrating drive – especially considering the hefty amount of traffic running along I-95. But it’s not the mileage that’s the issue — it’s an abuse of power.
Sources close to the city leader told Daily News that de Blasio ordered his security detail to drive his son back and forth between the city and Yale University during his first years at the school. Now the city Department of Investigation is looking into whether the allegations might be true.
“I think that story is just unfair and inaccurate in so many ways,” de Blasio said about the situation.
“Dante was a protectee of the NYPD … There have been threats against him. There have been threats against my family,” said the mayor of the Big Apple.
Midway through his sophomore year at the prestigious university, Dante switched to riding the train back and forth. He graduated from Yale this year.
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This is hardly the first time de Blasio’s been called out for abusing the power of his executive security team. Earlier this year, he allegedly ordered the NYPD Executive Protection Unit to move his daughter’s belongings out of her Brooklyn apartment.
The New York Daily News reports that multiple sources have confirmed allegations that during the summer of 2018, NYPD was instructed to act as a moving company for his daughter Chiara de Blasio. The then 23-year-old had been living in an apartment at 4th Street at 56th in Brooklyn for approximately two years. When the time came to relocate, instead of calling a private company, Hizzoner called NYPD to do the heavy lifting.
A source close to the New York Daily News says,
“They used detectives and department vehicles on city time to move his daughter.”
Not only were officers allegedly put to work in a gross abuse of city resources, but two unmarked Sprinter vans that belong at City Hall were apparently sent to collect the 23-year-old’s personal possessions and transport them to Gracie Mansion. The Mayor’s wife First Lady Chirlane McCray personally directed the crew, the New York Daily News reports.
A neighbor in the Sunset Park neighborhood identifying himself only as Gabriel had heard rumors that the young woman he frequently saw was de Blasio’s daughter. He was appalled to learn that New York’s finest were used for the move. He commented,
“That’s terrible. Why couldn’t he get a U-Haul and do it himself? You gonna use our cops?”
Gabriel further revealed that a number of Chiara’s belongings were left abandoned on the city sidewalk. Dumping and littering is a chronic problem the city has long struggled to manage.
An officer who remains unnamed did speak out to the New York Daily News commenting,
“You can’t question him… It’s just part of the job. You just do it out of respect.”