By Post Editorial Board
Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided he’s through talking about the NYPD corruption trial that ended in the conviction of one of his top campaign donors — based largely on the testimony of another.
In fact, he insists he “tuned out” the entire trial, claiming it didn’t involve him. Yet the truth is that it did involve him — and his entire administration.
Despite acquitting former Deputy Inspector James Grant of taking bribes, a federal court jury convicted Jeremy Reichberg of paying them to other cops.
That followed testimony by Reichberg’s partner in pay-to-play, Jona Rechnitz, about how the two traded their campaign donations for favors from both the NYPD and City Hall.
Rechnitz, who cut a plea deal, gave similar testimony in the 2017 corruption trial of former correction union boss Norman Seabrook, who was convicted.
Much of that testimony was bolstered by emails from the mayor himself — messages that were supposed to have been made public after a court order covering a Freedom of Information Law request by The Post.
These emails put the lie to de Blasio’s repeated claims that he “hardly knew” Reichberg and Rechnitz and that he and the latter were “not particularly close.”
Within weeks of de Blasio’s taking office in 2014, the pair — who raised $252,000 for the mayor’s campaign — had been given his personal cell number and email address.
And things got even more familiar from there: The two had de Blasio’s ear on everything from suggested appointments to complaints about personal water bills.
And whenever one or the other needed a favor, they enjoyed immediate top-level access at City Hall. It’s a familiar story, one we’ve heard time and again regarding how this mayor treats his fat cats.
No wonder de Blasio “tuned out” the trial and has decided to button his lips about the whole affair. Anything he says is too likely to be exposed as another lie.FILED UNDERBILL DE BLASIO, CORRUPTION, EDITORIAL, JEREMY REICHBERG, JONA RECHNITZ