Hard to believe a Democrat in a Democrat dominated political body would be corrupt, huh?
City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito fessed up Monday, admitting she failed to disclose years of rental income she received, as first revealed by the Daily News.
The East Harlem Democrat, who is Mayor de Blasio’s choice for Council speaker, acknowledged the lapse after The News reported that several people lived in a three-unit building she owns during a period when she reported no rental income on her city ethics forms.
“This was an unintentional mistake,” her spokesman, Eric Koch, told The News on Monday night.
Not likely. She had tenants there for years and failed to report rental income. That’s intentional fraud.
“We will be pulling the necessary documents and will be updating the Conflicts of Interest Board disclosures as soon as we have them.”
Still unclear is whether Mark-Viverito reported the rental income to the IRS. Her aides did not respond to a request by The News to examine her income tax returns.
Well, if she didn’t disclose this to the IRS that makes her a criminal. The bumbling DeBlasio, meanwhile, stands by her. Great way to start off his promised term promoting economic justice, huh?
At a news conference six hours later, the mayor stood by Mark-Viverito and suggested that if she made any mistakes, she would correct them.
“Obviously, in terms of any disclosure requirements for public officials, we all do our best to keep up with them. They’re sometimes complicated and ever-changing,” de Blasio said.
Uh huh. Like any Republican would be given the benefit of the doubt.
Update: This just got a lot juicier:
Mayor de Blasio’s ties to the Brooklyn Democratic boss he teamed up with to anoint the next City Council speaker run all the way to Hizzoner’s doorstep, The Post has learned.
Since 2012, de Blasio has refinanced both homes he owns in Park Slope through the firm where Brooklyn Democratic leader Frank Seddio formerly served as vice president — Wall Street Mortgage Bankers.
Public records show that the most recent deal came just three days after de Blasio’s primary victory on Sept. 10, when he refinanced his 11th Street home with the firm for $625,000.
In June 2012, he had refinanced another home his family owns down the block with Wall Street Mortgage Bankers for $630,000.
Each home has been refinanced multiple times, according to public records.
Seddio, a former state assemblyman who briefly worked as surrogate court judge in Brooklyn, joined the mortgage firm in 2007.
This isn’t the only headache DeBlasio has today. So little time in office, so much corruption.