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Rechnitz Says He Spent $40K on Party to Stop Friend from Snitching to Feds

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Jona Rechnitz apparently claimed he spent $40,000 on a party for the wedding of Jeremy Reichberg’s daughter “at a time when the feds were closing in on their alleged scheme to grease palms at 1 Police Plaza. Rechnitz said he did it not out of friendship — but out of fear.”

The photo that the New York Post ran showed Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg smiling and wearing Santa caps while driving a hot-looking black convertible – so you knew right up front they weren’t going to go easy on the two.

They didn’t.

“A de Blasio donor who has admitted to bribing cops and politicians told a Manhattan federal jury on Thursday that he threw a lavish party for an alleged co-conspirator in January 2016 — to keep the man from snitching to the feds before he could,” the Post noted, under the headline, “De Blasio donor threw lavish party for pal to keep him from snitching.”

Rechnitz apparently claimed he spent $40,000 on a party for the wedding of Jeremy Reichberg’s daughter “at a time when the feds were closing in on their alleged scheme to grease palms at 1 Police Plaza. Rechnitz said he did it not out of friendship — but out of fear.”

The Post continued, “At the time, Jeremy and I were not really in touch,” he said. “I had heard he went to Israel and was working with the government. I wanted to keep him close — to make sure we were coordinated,” Rechnitz said. A few months later, in June 2016, Rechnitz was singing to the feds, telling them he teamed up with Reichberg to bribe cops and that the men had worked their way into ex-NYPD Chief Philip Bank’s “inner-circle” when the scheme came tumbling down. The de Blasio donor said he flipped because he had heard from the Manhattan US Attorney’s office that Reichberg wanted to flip first — and he couldn’t allow it.”

A year ago, the Jewish Voice reported that it had come to light that “on many occasions Mayor Bill de Blasio aides were instructed by him to help out campaign contributor Jona Rechnitz, in multiple manners including his issues involving real estate. The Daily News reported that whenever Rechnitz and fellow developer Jeremy Reichberg would email the mayor, de Blasio would respond nearly instantly.

“On April 1, 2014, de Blasio received an email from Rechnitz recommending a new commissioner for the Department of Buildings. According to emails revealed through a Freedom of Information Act request, the mayor responded, “I’m all ears, Jona. We’ve actually been looking for additional candidates. I’ve cc’ed my chief of staff laura santucci. Pls send the info to her as well. Thanks.”

The Jewish Voice quoted the Real Deal as pointing out that, “On another occasion, Rechnitz emailed a top de Blasio aide as he was trying to pressure the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to buy a vacant lot he owned in Brooklyn to be the site of the NYPD’s new 70th Precinct station. He pressured City Hall to try to get ‘special attention’ because a city agency was giving him the ‘runaround’ over a tax break for a Brooklyn building he owned, and asked for help when he got hit with a violation for operating a building as an illegal hotel.”

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  1. David Levine

    12/06/2018 at 9:43 pm

    When you swim in the putrid sewer that is the Democ-rat Party you become putrid yourself. But association with deBlasio these two have become more than tainted. DeBlasio is the worst of the worst and the way he has run the City is disgusting to say the least. May these tow go down with him.

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