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Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife have reportedly been living at an extremely expensive, upscale Brooklyn hotel as their home undergoes renovations, despite them reportedly being in debt to the tune of millions.
“After leaving office four months ago, de Blasio and Chirlane McCray made a beeline from Gracie Mansion to the swanky New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge — where suites run from about $600 to $5,000 a night — and have been staying there ever since,” according to the New York Post.
The 667-room hotel reportedly offers a number of lavish amenities, from an indoor pool to a fitness center equipped with Pelotons, two upscale restaurants and what the Post describes as “spectacular waterfront views.”
The Post further notes that the hotel is owned by Muss Development, “a Queens-based real estate giant whose owners have been longtime supporters of de Blasio.”
Indeed, the company is “one of the Big Apple’s top landlords who rent city agencies office space, having racked up at least $239 million in city contracts since 2014, when de Blasio became mayor.”
Yet despite this incestuous connection, de Blasio and his wife are reportedly staying in a “more modest” suite reportedly priced around $600/night. At that rate, a 4-month stay would have cost them $72,000.
The suite life: Debt-ridden de Blasio spending hundreds a day to live large at Brooklyn hotel https://t.co/j7prFnRRAI pic.twitter.com/BXMDMQmwhD
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) April 30, 2022
“When asked if hotel fees were waived or dramatically reduced for the former mayor, a de Blasio spokesman declined comment, and a spokeswoman for Muss Development insisted the hotel’s ownership ‘is not involved with specific guests’ accommodations.’ The hotel’s management declined comment,” according to the Post.
What’s known is that de Blasio is apparently a bad tipper.
“He’s too frugal, and that’s a nice way of putting it,” an anonymous staffer told the Post.
Though he apparently has no issues with spending money on himself — or spending other people’s money, for that matter. As mayor, he was a committed spendthrift.
“Under Mr. de Blasio, the city’s budget has soared to a record $102.8 billion, and the city work force rose to more than 325,000 employees, its highest level ever,” The New York Times reported late last year.
“His final budget, more than $25 billion higher than his first budget in 2014, had something for everyone: $377 million to expand 3-K for preschoolers, $234 million to hire workers to clean the city, $200 million for summer programs for children and $10 million for enforcement of his vaccine mandate for restaurants. Federal pandemic relief funds paid for a large share of this largess.”
He also had no qualms about personally using city money to be chauffeured around town like a king. In fact, according to reports, he’s still taking advantage of taxpayer-funded chauffeuring services:
Disgraced de Blasio still enjoys NYPD security despite refusing to pay back taxpayers for misusing the perk via @americanwire_ – https://t.co/qbwhT7I3QL
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) May 1, 2022
To critics, his whole existence is one of unkempt hypocrisy, partly because he’d championed himself as an opponent of so-called “income inequality.”
Amazingly, his critics include both Democrats and Republicans.
“He’s a hypocrite living like a 1-percenter, and it raises plenty of red flags. Who’s paying for this? Like most people, when I renovated my house, I did it piecemeal and lived in one room at a time. I certainly wouldn’t stay at a top-of-the-line hotel like the Brooklyn Marriott, especially if I’m in debt,” NYC councilman Robert Holden, a Democrat, complained to the Post.
Meanwhile, New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis reportedly accused the mayor of engaging in “quid pro quo” behavior given the hotel’s ownership by his longtime allies.
“For Bill de Blasio, it was always about himself and his cronies — not average New Yorkers,” she added.
— Josue Armand (@Apocryphon001) April 30, 2022
He talked like a Commie and lives like a Commie.
— Victor Cunrui Xiong 🇺🇸 (@VictorXiong) April 30, 2022
Like a good communist
— Michael (@Michael57095400) April 30, 2022
Marxist Elites living that Marxist life, right?
— Lefty Says What? (@LeftyWhat) April 30, 2022
Isn’t he a socialist/communist thing where he believes in something something for the people ?
— Rick (@RickIN_ML) April 30, 2022
@BilldeBlasio why don’t you practice what you preach? pic.twitter.com/dwEd2jipN2
— Will (@MidnightramblaH) April 30, 2022
The Post notes that de Blasio is apparently in debt to the tune of $2.5 million.
He “dug himself into a deep financial hole after taking out a second mortgage totaling $615,342 on one of the homes. His $2.5 million in debt also includes $300,000 in legal bills run up five years ago by lawyers who defended de Blasio in a probe of his fundraising activities, and another $200,000-plus from long-dormant campaign accounts that owe money,” according to the outlet.
Yet somehow, despite all this unpaid debt, he continues to live the life of the rich, famous and, it would appear, communist …
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