Rules clearly bar de Blasio from ordering cops to help with daughter’s apartment move, experts sayAugust 9, 2019
City conflict of interest rules clearly bar Mayor de Blasio and his family from ordering police detectives to help move Chiara de Blasio out of an apartment in Brooklyn, ethics experts told the Daily News.
City law says it is a violation of the city charter “for any public servant to use City letterhead, personnel, equipment, resources, or supplies for any non-City purpose.”
A former high-ranking official with the city Conflicts of Interest board batted down the excuse de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein offered to the New York Times — that the involvement of the officers was “strictly voluntary.”
“Volunteering is completely irrelevant,” said the former board official, who asked for anonymity. “If they volunteered, it can’t be on city time.”
The News reported Sunday that de Blasio ordered members of his security detail to help his daughter with the move, which sources said was carried out under cover of night.
De Blasio has said The News’ story was “unfair” — but he hasn’t denied its details.
Good government advocate Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, called for a probe of the incident.
“It’s something the Conflicts of Interest board should take up,” said Lerner. “It’s such a simple and straightforward rule that it should not be ignored.”