NYC Tax Dollars at Work!

From Politico:

As New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons, according to previously undisclosed government records.

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The documents, obtained by Politico under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, show that the mayoral costs had nothing to do with the functions of the little-known city offices that defrayed his tabs, including agencies responsible for regulating loft apartments, aiding the disabled and providing lawyers for indigent defendants.

At the time, the mayor’s office refused to explain the accounting to city auditors, citing “security.”

The Hamptons visits resulted in hotel, gas and other costs for Giuliani’s New York Police Department security detail.

…snip…

…the practice of transferring the travel expenses of Giuliani’s security detail to the accounts of obscure mayoral offices has never been brought to light, despite behind-the-scenes criticism from the city comptroller weeks after Giuliani left office.

The expenses first surfaced as Giuliani’s two terms as mayor of New York drew to a close in 2001, when a city auditor stumbled across something unusual: $34,000 worth of travel expenses buried in the accounts of the New York City Loft Board.

When the city’s fiscal monitor asked for an explanation, Giuliani’s aides refused, citing “security,” said Jeff Simmons, a spokesman for the city comptroller.

But American Express bills and travel documents obtained by Politico suggest another reason City Hall may have considered the documents sensitive: They detail three summers of visits to Southampton, the Long Island town where Nathan had an apartment.

Auditors “were unable to verify that these expenses were for legitimate or necessary purposes,” City Comptroller William Thompson wrote of the expenses from fiscal year 2000, which covers parts of 1999 and 2000.

…snip…

Many of the receipts are from hotels and gas stations on Long Island, where Giuliani reportedly began visiting Nathan’s Southampton condominium in the summer of 1999, though Giuliani and Nathan have never discussed the beginning of their relationship.

Nathan would go on to become Giuliani’s third wife, but his second marriage was officially intact until the spring of 2000, and City Hall officials at the time responded to questions about his absences by saying he was spending time with his son and playing golf.

…snip…

Receipts show him in Southampton every weekend in August and the first weekend in September of 2001, before the terror attacks of Sept. 11 disrupted the routines of his city.

Both the travel expenses and the appearance that his office made efforts to conceal them could open Giuliani to criticism that his personal life spilled over into his official duties and his expenses grew in his final years in office.

It is impossible to say which of the 11 Long Island trips indicated by credit card receipts were to visit Nathan and which were for other purposes.

Eight of those trips, however, were not noted on Giuliani’s official schedule, which is now available in the city’s municipal archive and contains many details of Giuliani’s official and unofficial life.

…snip…

Broadening the inquiry, the comptroller wrote, auditors found similar expenses at a range of other unlikely agencies: $10,054 billed to the Office for People With Disabilities and $29,757 to the Procurement Policy Board.

The next year, yet another obscure department, the Assigned Counsel Administrative Office, was billed around $400,000 for travel.

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The first trip to Southampton appearing in the travel documents runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 1999.

Four police officers spent the night at the Atlantic Utopia Lifestyle Inn, according to an approval request for official out-of-city travel, billing the city $1,016.20.

Giuliani’s private schedule, available from the municipal archive, lists no events on Long Island that day.

The New York Post reported the following year that Giuliani “had long weekend visits with gal pal Judi Nathan at her Southampton, L.I., condo last summer, according to neighbors who said the mayor did little to conceal their relationship.”

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That first trip was followed by at least 10 more, according to the travel and credit card documents.

Here’s a little snippet from ABC News:

Well before it was publicly known he was seeing her, then-married New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani provided a police driver and city car for his mistress Judith Nathan, former senior city officials tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

“She used the PD as her personal taxi service,” said one former city official who worked for Giuliani.

New York papers reported in 2000 that the city had provided a security detail for Nathan, who became Giuliani’s third wife after his divorce from Donna Hanover, who also had her own police security detail at the same time.

Mr. 9/11. What a class act! iloveny

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12 responses to “NYC Tax Dollars at Work!

  1. Okay, I don’t know what’s funnier, the poster of the I ❤ NY poster. That last one is classic.

  2. nonnie9999

    fabooj!!!!!!!!! 😀
    i swear i was thinking about you just the other day! i am so happy to see you! 😀
    i added the second image at the last minute. it suddenly occurred to me while i was cursing my air conditioner for once again leaking all over the floor (anger is my muse).
    hugs and smooches to the fab fabooj, my bff!!!

  3. Friend of the court

    The cops should, at least, have doubled-up on the hotel rooms. $1,000 a night is pricy. Private use of public funds is stealing. We sure don’t need anymore crooks in the Whitehouse. Any public employee knows this is wrong and illegal, and that includes mayors. $10,000 would buy a motorized wheelchair. What a fucking pig. I hope this story is told far and wide.

  4. nonnie9999

    i can’t wait until someone really delves into the whole mess and gets the names of the cops and everyone involved in the billing of the hours they put in. something tells me that bernie kerik’s name is going to come up again! after all, he was rudy’s driver and bodyguard. was he one of those in the fancy hotel rooms? was the other judy with him?

  5. Friend of the court

    I must admit, that had crossed my mind. I bet it was one of the best assignments a NYC cop could get. Way better than raiding a crack house, going to the Hamptons every weekend in August. “America’s Mayor”, what a sorry mess.

  6. nonnie9999

    whenever i think of rudy and bernie (that should be a sitcom), i think of all those really bad graft/corruption/bad cop/crooked government movies or detective shows. they are walking stereotypes. they even look the parts.

  7. nightowl724

    Hey, I’m still trying to get past the idea that at least three women have found this odd little, horrible little man tolerable enough to, well, you know. Actually, I try NOT to think about it too much…

    Nice one, nonnie, but perhaps your title should have been “NYC Tax Dollars at PLAY” and Rudy’s media moniker changed from “America’s Mayor” to “America’s PLAYER.”

    Clinton was impeached for less, so why don’t we all just skip straight ahead to that?

  8. nonnie9999

    i actually toyed with changing the title to play instead of work, but just the thought of “playing” with rudy made me throw up in my mouth.
    i cannot believe the hypocrisy of those who went after clinton like rabid dogs. instead of condemning rudy, pat robertson endorses him!

  9. Rick Eyerdam

    This is just more of an old pattern of misbehavior. Rudy the prosecutor billed the federal government for bogus trips to Miami, where Donna H was a news anchor, so they could make the beast with two backs. He appeared on talk shows at her station.
    As mayor, where he controlled filming permits, police protection and held the ability to close section of town for film shoots, he got jobs for Donna on TV and movies.
    As a prosecutor he made headlines prosecuting the Brokers of Death, arms dealers selling billions worth of weapons to Iran. But the day before he resigned to declare for mayor, he quietly dropped the charges against the Brokers of Death. Why? They claimed all along they were working for GHW Bush, the Vp. Rudy said in court papers he could not prove what they said is not true so he could not win his case.

  10. nonnie9999

    hi rick!
    this guy is a filth onion. just layer after layer after layer. i am hoping he is the nominee so that a lot more digging can be done, exposing all the crap that he has pulled. i would love to hear what a psychologist or psychologist had to say about old rudy.
    i think rudy and his buddy, bernie kerik, had their own little syndicate going. i wonder if we will ever get to hear about who else is involved.
    it’s funny, but rudy scandals seem to have a very short shelf-life. some stories are so incredibly stupid and petty about other candidates, and they go on for days and days and days on the so-called news stations. however, when it comes to the truly outrageous and probably illegal exploits of rudy, the stories go away in the blink of an eye.

  11. kip

    The thing that gets me is that Rudy seems to have even better Teflon than Reagan did. Every couple of days a fresh scandal comes to the surface about this guy, and so far his support hasn’t faltered one bit.

  12. nonnie9999

    hi, kip!
    nice to see you again.
    ain’t it the truth? how many days did we hear about haircuts and restaurant tips and other nonsense? however, when it comes to robbing a city government, the media reports it like a fart in the wind. it stinks for a little while, and then it is as though it never happened.

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