The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, is said to have repeatedly instructed his police to bring his son Dante to and from Yale University when he was freshman.
Investigators from the Executive Protection Unit accompanied Dante back and forth between New York City and New Haven, Connecticut, seven to eight times during his first year with the Ivy League – although the mayor did not run any security risks at the time, insiders said. the New York Daily News.
Former members of the security detail describe the 75-mile voyages as & # 39; a courtesy & # 39; that was not questioned within the NYPD.
& # 39; There was no justification & # 39 ;, said a former member. & # 39; If you were told to bring him home from Yale, we did. & # 39;
Another said: & # 39; If the 75 (district) commander said, "Move my child to college," do you really think that would not kill his career? But because it's the mayor, everyone just does it. & # 39;
For each trip, two investigators were usually needed – a driver and a bodyguard – sources said, and the mayor and First Lady Chirlane McCray walked a few times.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, is said to have repeatedly instructed his police to bring his son Dante to and from Yale University when he was freshman. Dante, now 22, is seen at his graduation in May with father de Blasio and mother Chirlane McCray
In Dante's second year, according to sources, he got used to taking the train instead of detectives driving him 150 miles back and forth.
However, he often had him pick up the security detail from Penn Station when he arrived in town.
Marshall Bellovin, a lawyer representing former members of the security detail who charges alleged discrimination within the EPU, confirmed that investigators had been assigned to Yale trips, but declined to comment.
Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said: & The mayor and his family follow all ethical rules. The children of the mayor are guaranteed NYPD protection, just like the children of previous mayors. & # 39;
The mayor has previously defended his use of the security detail by saying that NYPD commissioner James O'Neill makes those decisions.
NYPD spokeswoman Devora Kaye told the Daily News: & # 39; We do not discuss security issues regarding the protection of the mayor, his family or other elected officials. & # 39;
Investigators from the Executive Protection Unit escorted Dante back and forth between New York City and New Haven, Connecticut, seven or eight times during his first year with the Ivy League – although the mayor did not run any security risk at that time, sources said . Dante is holding up a Yale sweatshirt while announcing that he would go to Yale in 2015
The Department of Investigation of NYC allegedly investigates the use of the Blasio of its NYPD detail for its children, told multiple sources near the unit to Daily News.
However, those sources indicated that the investigation did not seem to be very serious and expressed the suspicion that the main purpose of the probe was to interrogate officers about who leaked information to Daily News and other outlets.
& # 39; DOI is aware of the matter and declines further comment & # 39 ;, said a spokeswoman for DOI.
Other members of the Blasio board have received heat in the past for the misuse of city vehicles.
Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte had to resign in 2017 after the DOI discovered that he had used his official vehicle for regular trips to his home state of Maine.
Betsy Gotbaum, executive director of the Citizens Union state reform, said Dante's Yale trips were arguably more problematic than Ponte's because Ponte actually worked for the city.
& # 39; It's sloppy. It is a bad use of a great privilege to offer elected officials, & # 39; Gotbaum said.
Mike Palladino, head of the Detectives Endowment Association, joked: & # 39; If it's true, I'm glad that (Dante) wasn't stopped because the taxpayers would have gone bankrupt. & # 39;
In his second year, sources said, Dante got used to taking the train to New Haven instead of investigators driving him 150 miles back and forth
Dante graduated from Yale in May and has said that he is considering following his father into politics after having played a role in the political career of the oldest de Blasio for years.
At the age of 15, Dante played in a campaign ad from 2013 that helped his father win the mayor elections.
This summer, Dante participated in the now closed presidential campaign of the mayor as a policy analyst and earned $ 650 a week.
His rate was only $ 175 less than that of the political director of the South Carolina campaign, according to the revelations of the Federal Election Commission New York Post.
During the campaign, Dante thought of De Blasio's biggest moment in the debates when the candidate crowed that he was the only one in the full field with a black son – a comment that sent perplexed voters outside of New York to his family story.
De Blasio has two children with his wife Chirlane McCray, who is black and who was a proud and outspoken lesbian until meeting the politician in 1991.
Shortly after the first democratic debate, Dante wrote one down USA today, describes how his father told him & # 39; the conversation & # 39; He was concerned about how he should behave like a young black man near police officers.
Elder De Blasio, mayor of New York City, raised only $ 333,000 for the quarter before pulling out of his campaign on September 20.
Dante graduated from Yale in May and has said that he is considering following his father into politics after having played a role in the political career of the oldest de Blasio for years. In July, Dante participated in the mayor's failed presidential campaign as a policy analyst and earned $ 650 a week
The travel disclosure of Yale joins a substantial list of questionable movements of EPU investigators charged with protecting the Blasio.
The unit is currently faced with six-member discrimination procedures that say leadership favors white, young agents for top assignments and promotions.
Earlier this year, EPU was criticized amid reports that members of the security detail had helped De Blasio's daughter, Chiara, last year from an apartment in Brooklyn to the mayor's residence in Gracie Mansion.
In April, the security detail was accused of hiding a car accident in 2015 in which the Blasio was a passenger to protect the mayor from embarrassing media coverage while insisting on his Vision Zero street safety measures.
According to a Daily News police report, the Blasio vehicle was driving in the wrong direction through a street in Harlem when the crash occurred.
In July, a bullet-proof vest of an EPU official was missing after Michael K Williams wore it during a campaign event with the Blasio.
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