De Blasio accused of building sale cover-up
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Mayor Bill de Blasio is denying any wrongdoing associated with the sale of a former nursing home on the Lower East Side to a luxury condo developer.
A federal, state and local investigation was launched into the Rivington House sale when the building's deed was changed. A restriction in the deed prevented it from being converted into luxury property.
De Blasio has said the change should not have been made.
The City Department of Investigation found that several high-ranking officials knew about the pending sale, but failed to do anything about it.
The DOI requested information from the city Law Department related to the sale, but some documents were redacted and requests for information were ignored.
After threatening to sue the Law Department, the DOI was given all 5,000 pages about the sale.
"Everything we've done, we've put the public first," said de Blasio during an interview with Politico.
The mayor remains in Philadelphia where he has been attending the Democratic National Convention.
He spoke at the event on Wednesday to a small crowd, early into the day's proceedings.