An workplace constructing within the metropolis’s Diamond District continues to be a gem for Mayor de Blasio’s fund-raising efforts.
Final month, diamond seller Reuven Kaufman and his household donated almost $20,000 to de Blasio’s 2017 marketing campaign — regardless that the election was again in November.
Kaufman, his spouse and his two sons every made the utmost contributions of $four,950 to the marketing campaign on Jan. 5 and Jan. eight, information present.
The jeweler, who heads the commerce affiliation the Diamond Sellers Golf equipment, has an workplace within the World Diamond Tower at 580 Fifth Ave.
If that handle sounds acquainted, it’s as a result of convicted felon and former de Blasio fund-raiser Jona Rechnitz had an workplace on one other ground within the 34-story constructing.
Rechnitz pleaded responsible in 2017 to bribing authorities officers for favors and was on the heart of a federal pay-to-play probe that ended with no expenses being introduced in opposition to de Blasio.
Rechnitz gave $four,950 to the mayor’s marketing campaign in 2013. He additionally bundled $44,650 in donations to de Blasio that 12 months.
Kaufman instructed the Day by day Information he didn’t know Rechnitz and there seems to be no recognized connection between the boys.
However Rechnitz knew different jewelers within the constructing. Three of the donations Rechnitz bundled in 2013 had been from Paul Raps, Yaron Turgeman and Chana Weisz.
Raps, who donated a complete of $9,450 to de Blasio’s 2013 marketing campaign and his transition crew, shared an workplace with Rechnitz at 580 Fifth Ave., information present.
Turgeman, who gave $5,350 to de Blasio’s marketing campaign and transition crew, additionally has a set within the constructing. Moshe Lax, Weisz’s husband, additionally had an workplace there.
Kaufman instructed the Day by day Information on Wednesday that he and his household made the contributions to thank the mayor for his service.
“I simply really feel he’s doing a great job and I simply needed to indicate my appreciation for what he’s doing for the town,” he mentioned.
Kaufman mentioned he met the mayor a couple of times however couldn’t recall if the marketing campaign had reached out to him to contribute.
“I don’t bear in mind to be trustworthy with you,” he mentioned.
Data present the de Blasio marketing campaign nonetheless owes $62,500 to the legislation agency of its legal professional, Laurence Laufer. The marketing campaign mentioned it’s regular to boost donations post-election to cowl future bills. Data present it has raked in almost $74,000 since Election Day.
“The marketing campaign will proceed to do some fund-raising to pay for the anticipated value of winding down the marketing campaign and complying with the routine Marketing campaign Finance Board audit,” de Blasio’s group mentioned in a press release.