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Critics Accuse De Blasio Of Keeping Inspector General On Short Leash Amid Corruption Probe

April 05, 2018 - 7:16 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Critics have accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of wanting to put the city's watchdog -- the inspector general -- on a short leash amid corruption investigations.

By claiming he has the right to 'okay' any hiring or firing by Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters, did de Blasio attempt to cripple the commissioner charged with uncovering mayoral monkey business?

Councilman Richie Torres called the mayor's move, "an assault on the independence of the city's oldest law enforcement agency."

The mayor claims he's actually protecting the independence of the commissioner, but asked to defend Peters' work, de Blasio declined.

"I'm not going to get into a personnel matter," he said.

De Blasio's name keeps coming up at the federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Prosecution witness, restaurant owner Harendra Singh, testified Wednesday that de Blasio was always begging for campaign cash. he previously claimed he bribed the mayor with political contributions.