Mr Banks has tried to assuage concerns about his past. In one New York Daily News column this month, he wrote that he has neither betrayed the public’s trust nor broken the law. However, he did not mention receiving expensive gifts from two businessmen, Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, who hope to gain influence by winning the favor of officials around the city. , and who was convicted in the federal investigation.
Nor did Mr Banks mention that prosecutors determined he was an unrelated co-conspirator in the same criminal scheme as Mr Rechnitz and others, or that he said in 2018 that he would assert his right. The Fifth Amendment is against self-incrimination. if called to testify at a trial stemming from an investigation.
He only apologized for linking up with Mr. Rechnitz and Mr. Reichberg. “I realize now that even the appearance of our friendship was damaging to my career,” he wrote.
Some government watchdogs say Mr Banks’ past conduct raises questions about how he will behave now that he has attained an even more powerful position. position he previously held. Richard Aborn, head of New York City’s Citizen Crime Commission, a nonprofit that studies crime reduction strategies, praised Mr. Banks’ experience but said the federal investigation has black shadow.
“That’s something I think he’s going to have to deal with often,” said Mr Aborn.
Mr. Banks and Mr. Adams declined to be interviewed. City Hall spokesman Maxwell Young said in a statement that allegations made in the investigation “have been sued and re-litigated with no findings of misconduct”.
Mr. Young admitted that Mr. Banks falsely reported on city financial disclosure forms that he did not receive vacations, meals and other gifts or owned investment property, and that he did not Disclosure of rental income. But Mr. Young described the false and ominous statements as honest mistakes, saying Mr Banks had misinterpreted the questions on the form. Intentional violation the city’s annual publicity law is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison, a $1,000 fine or both, and a $10,000 civil penalty.
“There is no way and there is no intention to wrongly answer any of the questions,” Mr. Young said.
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