Lawyer at Center of New York Real Estate Deal Has Extensive Access to de Blasio’s City Hall

Washington Free Beacon | 4/8/2019 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

A lawyer at the center of a controversial real estate deal between New York City and a pair of felonious landlords has what one report calls "unfettered" access to Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio's City Hall.

Frank - Carone - Friend - Blasio - Money

Frank Carone, a longtime friend of de Blasio, donated money to his federal political action committee in the midst of a lucrative real estate deal between City Hall and his clients, the Podolsky brothers.

Carone has sent numerous requests for jobs in de Blasio's administration and "regularly asked the mayor's office to intervene" on behalf of his clients who were at impasses with city agencies, the New York Daily News reported. According to the report, senior de Blasio staffers would frequently respond with pledges to look into whatever issues Carone had.

Carone - Counsel - Brooklyn - Democratic - Party

Carone has been the counsel for the Brooklyn Democratic Party for nearly 10 years. He denied asking for special favors from de Blasio in a statement to the Daily News.

"If I believe in the integrity and qualifications of a person, I pass their resume along," Carone said. "I have been friends with the mayor for many years. We discuss issues which affect our city, state, family, sports. I do not ask the mayor for any favors on behalf of clients, nor do I expect he would tolerate those questions or act on them."

Relationship - Scrutiny - New - York - City

Their relationship is again under scrutiny after New York City...
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