Documents released this week during the corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Sal Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, revealed that a major campaign donor to Mayor De Blasio had earlier confessed in a sealed courtroom in 2016, that he donated to the campaign in exchange for help from NYC officials in efforts to obtain a lease renewal, City Journal reported.
“I gave these donations to the elected official in exchange for efforts by that official and other city officials to obtain a lease renewal from the city agency for my restaurant on terms that were favorable to me”, restaurateur Harendra Singh confessed in 2016.
Singh had donated $27,000 for De Blasio’s 2013 campaign.
When Singh met with a senior administration aid & a city agency head, he owed $1.7 million and rent and penalties on the city-owned land at the time, the NY Post reported.
Although De Blasio was not mentioned by name in the transcript, the meeting occurred on the same day he met with top De Blasio advisor Emma Wolfe &Stacey Cumberbatch, former head of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the NY Post reported.
Harendra Singh, 58, pleaded guilty on Oct. 17, 2016 to eight charges, including conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, federal program bribery & wire fraud; is set to testify in the Nassau corruption trial.
Mangano and Venditto, ran a scheme involving kickbacks, bribes and a “sham” job for Mangano’s wife with Singh immediately after Mangano took office in 2010.
His confession and dealings with the De Blasio administration was kept out of the spotlight until it resurfaced in the Eastern District court this week.
“The allegations against this administration were never proven because they are not true… they are old news that’s been widely reported and reviewed extensively by federal prosecutors before they closed their investigation. We make decisions on the merits, period”, the Mayor’s spokesman Eric Phillips told the N.Y Post.
While Singh plead guilty and is set for sentencing over his crimes in Nassau county along with Mangano & Venditto, all parties involved in New York City are walking free from all wrongdoing.
Singh confessed that his donations were part of an arrangement, but somehow the evidence was apparently not solid enough to pursue against the mayor.
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