Marina Schwarz

Judge Questions De Blasio's Big Oil Case Merit

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“The firehouses all have trucks. The Sanitation Department has trucks. If you open the door and go out to Foley Square, you’re going to see five police cars,” Judge John Keenan said at a court hearing Wednesday.

“Does the city have clean hands?” the judge asked."

This during the first hearing on Bill de Blasio's case against Big Oil. I applaud this judge and would really like to know if Mayor De Blasio goes around on foot, by bicycle, or by car, and if he has ever used a car in his life or bought a product imported from the other end of the world by plane. Actually, I already know the answer. 

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Ooooh, virtue signalling hypocrisy from Bill de Blasio... let's play a game called "Conflict of Interest"...

From 2016:

De Blasio hit up Catsimatidis for donations while he lobbied city

"While Mayor de Blasio was soliciting campaign contributions from billionaire John Catsimatidis, lobbyists for one of the tycoon’s companies were pushing to secure legislation that could mean big bucks, in a potential conflict of interest, critics charged Sunday.

Energy mogul Catsimatidis stands to make a killing — estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars a year — as the City Council and the de Blasio administration move to approve legislation to dramatically boost the use of biodiesel fuel in home heating oil, The Post has learned.

Catsimatidis, who owns United Metro Energy Corp., is building a new biodiesel-processing facility in Greenpoint, and was already awarded a $62 million contract last year that provided city government with “heating oil, bio-blend and bio-heat bulk deliveries,” records show.

The biofuel push comes after de Blasio hit up Catsimatidis for a $50,000 donation to try to flip the state Senate from Republican to Democratic control in 2014.

At that time, city record show a lobbyist firm for United Metro Energy — Connelly, McLaughlin and Woloz — were dealing with the mayor’s office on “long-term planning and sustainability” issues.

“The whole scheme of collecting big campaign contributions from people with business before the city is very unseemly,” said Dick Dadey, director of the watchdog group Citizens Union.

“The conflict of interest law is clear,” added Dadey. “The mayor cannot solicit campaign donations from people who have business before the city.”

Federal authorities and the Manhattan district attorney’s office are looking into whether de Blasio’s solicitation of Catsimatidis and other donors violated campaign-finance laws. The mayor has insisted he abided by the law. ..."

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