Former Mayor Blasio and his wife are living in an expensive Brooklyn hotel despite being in $2.5 million in debt

Former mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife have been living in an expensive four-star hotel in Brooklyn since he left office months ago, despite being $2.5 million in debt.

The couple were spotted with their taxpayer-funded NYPD security by their side at the lavish New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, on New York Post reported.

De Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray moved out of Gracie Mansion after de Blasio left office in late December, but stayed at the hotel while their Park Slope, Brooklyn home undergoes renovations.

The former mayor’s $2.5 million debt includes $300,000 in legal fees following his defense in an investigation into his fundraising activities. Another $200,000 comes from previous campaign accounts that owe money, the Post reported.

The Post reported that de Blasio has yet to repay taxpayers nearly $320,000 that the city’s investigative department determined he owes for misusing his NYPD security details.

De Blasio is eligible to collect a six-figure pension and also receives rental income on the two Brooklyn homes he owns, but the Post reported last year that financial difficulties forced him to take out a second mortgage. on one of the houses which cost him $615,342. .

De Blasio’s political critics told the Post that the former mayor’s “suite life” was hypocritical.

“He’s a hypocrite living like a percenter, and that raises a lot of red flags,” Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens) said. ‘Who pays for this? Like most people, when I remodeled my home, I did it piecemeal and lived in one room at a time. I definitely wouldn’t stay at a high end hotel like the Brooklyn Marriott, especially if I’m in debt.

When de Blasio ran for mayor before being elected in 2013, he promised in votes that he would end the “income inequality” that has created a “Tale of Two Cities”.

Former mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife have been living in an expensive four-star hotel in Brooklyn since he left office months ago, despite being $2.5 million in debt.

The couple were spotted with their taxpayer-funded NYPD security details by their side at the lavish New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (pictured)

The couple were spotted with their taxpayer-funded NYPD security details by their side at the lavish New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (pictured)

Pictured is the Marriott hotel in Brooklyn Bridge which has a lavish lobby and swanky bar

Pictured is the Marriott hotel in Brooklyn Bridge which has a lavish lobby and swanky bar

The 667-room Brooklyn Bridge Hotel, with suites that cost between $600 and $5,000 a night, has a rooftop, indoor pool, <a class=fitness center, restaurants, and with a view of the seafront” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

The 667-room Brooklyn Bridge Hotel, with suites that cost between $600 and $5,000 a night, has a rooftop, indoor pool, fitness center, restaurants, and with a view of the seafront

The 667-room Brooklyn Bridge Hotel, with suites that cost between $600 and $5,000 a night, has an indoor pool, fitness center with multiple Peloton machines, two restaurants, and with a view of the seafront.

De Blasio and his wife are currently staying in one of the hotel’s suites with a $600-a-night rate that offers a bedroom and living room, the Post reported.

The hotel is owned by Muss Development, a Queens company that has long been a supporter of de Blasio, the Post reported.

A spokeswoman for Muss Development told the Post that the hotel’s ownership “is not involved in the accommodation of specific customers.”

View of Marriott hotel bar at Brooklyn Bridge

View of Marriott hotel bar at Brooklyn Bridge

De Blasio and his wife are currently staying in one of the hotel's suites with a $600-a-night rate that offers a bedroom and living room, the Post reported.

De Blasio and his wife are currently staying in one of the hotel’s suites with a $600-a-night rate that offers a bedroom and living room, the Post reported.

The front desk pictured at the lavish Marriott hotel on the Brooklyn Bridge

The front desk pictured at the lavish Marriott hotel on the Brooklyn Bridge

De Blasio announced in January that he would not run for governor of New York, according to a Twitter video filmed in his neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn.

De Blasio’s tenure ended on December 31. He was replaced by Mayor Eric Adams.

In his video announcement, de Blasio hinted at his less than stellar reputation.

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Bill de Blasio announced in January that he would not run for governor of New York in a Twitter video filmed in his neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn

Bill de Blasio announced in January that he would not run for governor of New York in a Twitter video filmed in his neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn

“Now I have done my part in fear of mistakes. I was not good at all with groundhogs. I probably shouldn’t have gone to the gym,” he laughed.

The governor was referring to an incident in 2014 during the annual Groundhog Day ceremony, when he dropped a groundhog named “Charlotte” after it climbed up his sleeve.

The groundhog died a few days later, but a Staten Island Zoo spokesperson told the Guardian the death did not appear to be related.

De Blasio has also been criticized for continuing his gym routine at the Park Slope YMCA, even after he and his family moved to Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side 11 miles away.

He was called upon to train even more as his administration closed schools and urged social distancing due to COVID-19 in 2020.

De Blasio joked that he

De Blasio joked that he “probably shouldn’t have gone to the gym” after being criticized for maintaining his public gym routine during COVID-19. Above is his chauffeured car outside his Park Slope YMCA gymnasium in 2020

In the video, de Blasio touted his work on the pandemic.

“We took COVID. Global pandemic,” he said. “Went from the epicenter to the safe place of this country.”

The city averaged nearly 800 daily deaths from the virus in April 2020, a number that fell below 100 and stayed that way the following month.

De Blasio’s administration also instituted universal pre-kindergarten for children shortly after his election in 2013.

The mayor cited his work in establishing universal pre-kindergarten across the city.  In October, approximately 60,000 children were enrolled in the free program

The mayor cited his work in establishing universal pre-kindergarten across the city. In October, approximately 60,000 children were enrolled in the free program

The New Yorker called it a “significant achievement” that “he delivered with a speed that even skeptics were forced to acknowledge, and on a scale unprecedented nationally.”

As of October, about 60,000 children were enrolled in the city’s free Universal Pre-K program, according to the New York Daily News.

“We said we were going to tackle inequality head-on. The story of two cities. Take it. Opponents said it couldn’t be done. But we proved together that we could make a big change,’ de Blasio said in January.

The former mayor also highlighted his work on police reform.

From 2013 – the year before he took office – to 2020, there has been a 95% reduction in stop and frisks, the controversial tactic in which police can randomly search citizens on the street, according to the city.

There was a 98% reduction in marijuana arrests and a 64% reduction in total arrests.

When pressed, de Blasio said cuts to the police department were partly related to the city's deficit, but added that the weeks of mass protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis also pushed him to action.

When pressed, de Blasio said cuts to the police department were partly related to the city’s deficit, but added that the weeks of mass protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis also pushed him to action.

In 2020, de Blasio cut $1 billion from the New York Police Department after a summer of unrest across the country following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

The mayor’s critics have blamed his “soft on crime” approach for the current wave of growing crime in New York City, which is up 35% from the same time last year, according to the latest NYPD data.

Criminal assaults increased by almost 8%, robberies by 25% and car thefts increased by 99.4%.

De Blasio’s announcement comes as The New York Times reported that Hochul, the state’s first female governor, plans to submit documents showing she has raised $21.6 million for her campaign, about $140,000 a day since being sworn in.

The sum includes more than $21 million in cash.

This fall’s election would be his first as governor.

Hochul rose to the governor’s seat after Cuomo resigned in August, days after a report by Attorney General Letitia James revealed he allegedly sexually harassed 11 women, including nine former and current state employees.

James herself announced her candidacy for governor in October, but dropped out six weeks later, saying she would run for re-election as attorney general instead.

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