Thursday’s stunning testimony from felonious de Blasio donor Jona Rechnitz prompts a huge question: How the hell did prosecutors not indict anyone when they had evidence like this?
Rechnitz, testifying in the corruption trial of city correction-union ex-chief Norman Seabrook, outlined his extensive pay-to-play dealings with City Hall.
Having already bought a host of cops, he said, “Now it was time to get into politics.” Rechnitz, his pal Jeremy Reichberg and Fernando Mateo of the taxi-driver’s association, he said, joined to offer top de Blasio fundraiser Ross Offinger a deal: “We’re going to be significant contributors [it wound up being six figures], but we want access.”
And: “When we call, we want answers.” The future mayor soon visited Rechnitz’s office and shared his personal cellphone number and e-mail address. “He said, ‘Keep in touch,’ and he really appreciated my friendship,” ran the testimony.
Asked if Offinger had the “sort of pull” they wanted, Rechnitz said, “Yes . . . Whenever we would call him for access or for a favor, we were getting the response that we expected and the results we were expecting.”
Rechnitz would go on to ask for fixes for a friend’s massive water bill, rent-law violations and even the delay of a school closing. And, as The Post has reported, he and Reichberg got multiple happy results from City Hall.
He also said it was a two-way street: “I was the yes man. I always gave money, as long as I was seeing [Offinger] produce results.”
Evidence in the public record, on donations and on city decisions backs up many of these claims. It’s a mystery why prosecutors failed to bring corruption charges.
At least it’s coming out in time for the voters to weigh in.