Now-former metropolis Investigations Commissioner Mark Peters appears to be one thing of a jerk. This doesn’t make him mistaken about Mayor de Blasio.


Peters has been chewing on Kaiser Wilhelm’s leg for years now, and it’s completely comprehensible that the mayor would need him gone. And gone is what he’s, efficient Wednesday.


“That is a person who did some very inappropriate issues,” stated de Blasio. “I’m exercising my authority below the [City] Constitution to verify there’s a change in that workplace.”


The mayor’s obtained some extent about Peters’ conduct throughout his five-year tenure. As soon as upon a time he dealt with a whistleblower unkindly. He’s pushy. He’s a power-grabber — and he had no obvious respect for the pure boundaries of his workplace. (Very like Hizzoner himself, it is likely to be stated.)


However how might de Blasio not have identified this stepping into? The 2 had been Park Slope neighbors; they served collectively on Neighborhood Faculty Board 15 approach again within the day; their paths repeatedly crossed politically — they usually had been so tight that the mayor tabbed Peters to chair his campaign-finance operation in 2013.


Certainly, there was appreciable concern when the mayor-elect employed his money-man to run the investigations workplace. And New Yorkers who count on the worst of their elected leaders not often are mistaken.


However then one thing unusual occurred — a person of cantankerous integrity emerged and set about doing the job he believed he had been employed to do: That’s, forged a gimlet eye on the workings of one of many largest, most intricately balanced — and corruption susceptible — governments on the earth.


In stark distinction, de Blasio rapidly undertook to play shady, what’s-in-it-for-me New York politics — whereas additionally trying to raise his mayoralty, and his more-progressive-than-thou self, to nationwide prominence.


As an alternative, he attracted the eye of state and federal prison investigators, escaping indictment solely by the narrowest of margins and operating up hundreds of thousands in authorized payments — most of which have been or will likely be handed alongside to the taxpayers for settlement.


So on the very least, de Blasio has no standing to cluck his tongue when Mark Peters’ identify is talked about.


Certainly, one of many first de Blasio-Peters collisions was over a extremely pungent switch of title to a Decrease East Facet nursing dwelling that — mirabile dictu! — swiftly was transformed to luxurious condos. Peters was on that special-interest bonanza like flies on cow flop, incomes de Blasio’s bitter enmity alongside the best way.


This set a sample, to place it mildly. Peters went after the weird conduct of de Blasio’s hand-picked jails commissioner — the man who disappeared for days at a time whereas operating up city-paid journey payments. Peters dug deeply into the Administration for Youngsters’s Providers, enraging the mayor.


And he focused de Blasio’s vastly flawed stewardship of the Housing Authority, inflicting Metropolis Corridor a lot embarrassment — and, The Publish reported on the time, prompting the mayor’s choice to dismiss his investigations commissioner.


It was a bumpy trip for all involved. Particularly Peters.


In a l0-page letter responding to his dismissal, the ex-gumshoe on Monday described what he termed a sequence of makes an attempt by Metropolis Corridor to deep-six investigative reviews:


“These incidents show a sample during which the mayor and his senior employees consider that I owe an obligation of loyalty to the mayor reasonably than to the town as a complete and that my actions, in exposing waste, fraud or abuse in metropolis companies . . . are improper and justify retribution.”


De Blasio denies all that, as one would possibly count on.


However two factors are value noting right here:



  • Nobody has convincingly refuted, in any substantive approach, any of Peters’ main reviews. If something, he’s gone simple on his targets.

  •  Kaiser Wilhelm is scheduled to spend the weekend in Vermont, with Bernie Sanders, as soon as once more sprucing his progressive cred whereas his metropolis continues to undergo most of the abuses described by the departing commissioner.


No less than this may be stated of Mark Peters: He obtained out together with his popularity bruised however intact. Invoice de Blasio must be so fortunate.


Bob McManus is a contributing editor on the Manhattan Institute’s Metropolis Journal.




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