Mayor Bill de Blasio is in no rush to pay the $300,000 he still owes for legal fees he ran up while facing a state probe of his pay-to-play political fundraising. Indeed, it looks he’ll never cough up the dough himself: He wants the City Council to pass a law so he can get lobbyists to pay it for him.
He can’t dump the cost on city taxpayers, as he has with another $2.6 million in fees (after long insisting that he wouldn’t). And he won’t sell some real estate to clear the debt.
But Speaker Corey Johnson says the council’s not giving him the law he wants anytime soon — one that would let him take fat-cat donations for a legal-defense fund.
The legal services in question helped de Blasio avoid prosecution for a complex 2014 scheme to end-run normal legal limits in state Senate races.