NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has made plenty of dumb statements.
But this one certainly ranks among his worst.
De Blasio defended his decision to delay COVID-19 injection mandates for cops, firefighters, and correction officers.
He claimed to “respect people’s intelligence” before ordering them to participate in a medical experiment to keep their jobs.
Apparently, de Blasio doesn’t respect the intelligence of teachers or healthcare workers.
The mayor had no problem disrespecting the intelligence of teachers when he decided to mandate the COVID-19 jab for 148,000 DOE employees.
And he didn’t have any qualms about Governor Hochul’s COVID-19 jab mandate for New York state healthcare workers.
De Blasio respects the intelligence of firefighters and cops, but not teachers and health care workers.
Evidently he doesn’t respect the intelligence of anyone he thinks will believe this nonsense.https://t.co/Iq0T7YiE0D
— Chris Masterjohn (@ChrisMasterjohn) October 7, 2021
De Blasio delays COVID vaccine mandate for NYC cops, firefighters: ‘I like to respect people’s intelligence’ https://t.co/2TYp36xbKJ
— IAEMSC (@iaemsc) October 7, 2021
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday justified dragging his feet on mandating coronavirus vaccinations for cops, firefighters and correction officers, contending that he prefers to “respect people’s intelligence” before ordering them to get their shots.
A growing chorus of local politicians and health experts argue it’s high time to mandate COVID-19 shots for the NYPD, FDNY and Correction Department amid slumping vaccination rates in their ranks, but de Blasio said in his daily briefing that he’s not in a rush.
“I think everyone out there is mature adults. I like to respect people’s intelligence,” de Blasio said when asked why he hasn’t instituted mandates for the three agencies yet. “We have, I think, pretty meticulously in the course of the pandemic tried to figure out what made sense to do when, and make sure we had all the pieces in place. I do believe you sequence things in different ways, and there’s still issues that we have to understand better and resolve.”
The discussion about COVID-19 mandates distracts from de Blasio’s corruption and wasteful spending as NYC mayor.
A New York City Department of Investigation report found de Blasio misused NYPD resources.
How much taxpayer dollars did de Blasio waste?
The mayor used the funds for personal uses and his campaign.
And an NYPD inspector obstructed the investigation.
A New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) report found Mayor Bill de Blasio misused NYPD resources for "political" and "personal purposes" and an NYPD inspector "obstructed" the probe. https://t.co/o3HNE9UO5g
— Newsmax (@newsmax) October 7, 2021
RT @fox5ny: A new report from the city Department of Investigation found that Mayor Bill de Blasio's security detail was misused for personal use, from moving his daughter to driving his son back and forth from college. https://t.co/7uZDlIPom7
— Trixy (@itrixy) October 8, 2021
Howard Redmond, the head of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s NYPD security unit could face criminal charges for refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the use of the detail for personal errands and campaign trips totaling $320,000.https://t.co/OYsSdHXByV
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 7, 2021
“DOI has concluded that the NYPD inspector in charge of the first family’s security detail actively obstructed and sought to thwart this investigation, frustrating DOI’s efforts to learn the full facts regarding these allegations,” the 47-page report concluded, referencing Inspector Howard Redmond.
“DOI sought for approximately 19 months to obtain access to Inspector Redmond’s text and encrypted messaging communications,” the report read on page 18. “However, as discussed more fully below, the communications DOI ultimately received were deficient for, among other reasons, not including Inspector Redmond’s communications from August 2018.”
Among the allegations, de Blasio used police resources to help his daughter move from a Brooklyn apartment and never reimbursed the city for nearly $320,000 in presidential campaign travel, according to the report.
“DOI determined that the City of New York expended $319,794 for the members of Mayor de Blasio’s security detail to travel on the Mayor’s presidential campaign trips,” according to the report. “Mayor de Blasio has not reimbursed the city for these expenses, either personally or through his campaign.
“DOI also found that, during these campaign trips, EPU members occasionally transported Mayor de Blasio’s campaign staffers while driving the mayor. Both reflect a use of NYPD resources for political purposes. In addition, DOI learned that, for approximately one year, the security detail has been conducting frequent security checks at houses owned by the mayor in Brooklyn, where neither he nor his family members currently reside.”