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Zero Bucks Given: De Blasio late again as fat-cat donors already gave to Hochul

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s penchant for being late is now costing his potential gubernatorial marketing campaign.

De Blasio has lately been reaching out to donors to talk about his deliberate Democratic Primary problem — solely to discover out they already put their cash behind sitting Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The mayor had lunch lately with enterprise moguls John Catsimatidis and Dennis Mehiel — after the duo already held two fundraisers and raised almost a half million {dollars} for the state’s first feminine gov.

The former lieutenant governor, Hochul grew to become New York’s chief government after Andrew Cuomo resigned below the specter of impeachment following a sexual misconduct scandal.     

De Blasio requested a lunch assembly with the duo at Smith & Wollensky steakhouse. 

Although he hasn’t formally thrown his hat within the ring for a 2022 gubernatorial bid, Hizzoner has expressed curiosity: he created a candidate committee and opined on how “there’s a lot of things that need to be fixed in Albany.”

“Mayor de Blasio asked us to have lunch with him to discuss what he wants to do in the future, after leaves office on January 1. It was about what he’s going to do after January,” mentioned Catsimatidis, a billionaire whose enterprise pursuits embrace oil firms, actual property and the Gristedes grocery store chain.

Smith & Wollensky steakhouse
De Blasio requested a lunch assembly with enterprise moguls John Catsimatidis and Dennis Mehiel at Smith & Wollensky steakhouse. 
Christopher Sadowski

Catsimatidis, a former mayoral candidate who has described himself as a “Republican liberal,” wouldn’t say what recommendation he gave de Blasio about operating for governor — however one other supply advised The Post that he and Mehiel discouraged a bid. Donors who contribute and bundle that a lot cash for a sitting governor don’t do the identical for a main rival. 

“It was a cordial and friendly discussion. I’ve known the man for 35 to 40 years. You know the expression, `You don’t go to bed and talk about it the next day.’ I’m not going to kiss and tell,” Catsimatidis mentioned.

Mehiel is a corrugated packaging firm government who served as chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, and was appointed by Cuomo.

The mayor reached out to John Catsimatidis and Dennis Mehiel to attempt to get their financial support.
The mayor reached out to John Catsimatidis and Dennis Mehiel to try to get their monetary assist.
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Catsimatidis and Mehiel are large political donors and philanthropists who’ve deep ties to the Greek-American group.

Catsimatidis’ firms have enterprise earlier than or with the town and state governments. He and his spouse, Margo, have contributed greater than $300,000 to Cuomo’s campaigns for governor and legal professional normal.

He was additionally questioned by investigators a few $50,000 donation that was steered to the Putnam Democratic Party on the behest of de Blasio to assist flip the state Senate from Republican to Democratic management in 2014.

Catsimatidis and Mehiel have already fundraised for Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Catsimatidis and Mehiel have already fundraised for Gov. Kathy Hochul.
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Catsimatidis’ United Metro Energy Corp has been awarded tens of tens of millions of {dollars} in metropolis contracts that present authorities companies with heating oil, bio-blend and bio-heat bulk deliveries.

Hochul has raised $10 million since August, when she filed with the state Board of Elections to run for a full time period, and has $11.1 million in money available. 

Fat cat lobbyists, actual property tycoons and politicos have attended a number of fundraisers for her marketing campaign — with ticket costs hovering as excessive as $25,000 a pop. 

That means de Blasio — and Hochul’s official challengers State Attorney General and 2022 gubernatorial candidate Letitia James and NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams — probably have numerous floor to make up. 

But the general public can have to wait till January to discover out simply how a lot these contenders have, as the Board of Elections gained’t submit up to date public finance experiences till the brand new 12 months.

Right now, de Blasio’s 2020 presidential marketing campaign account has simply $4,731 left in money available, however can be saddled with a debt/mortgage stability of $67,371. 

State Attorney General Letitia James
State Attorney General Letitia James employed marketing campaign director Gabby Seay.
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The chilly shoulder he’s getting from donors already signifies he probably gained’t have a lot pull for the governor’s race, and even much less so with out the facility of the mayor’s workplace.

It’s additionally a pointy distinction to Cuomo’s large $18 million in his marketing campaign coffers.

Sources advised The Post the disgraced ex-gov is mulling a comeback bid for his previous state AG submit, however the transfer might show unlikely following the discharge of state Assembly Judiciary Committee’s devastating impeachment report earlier this week. 

The evaluation blasted Cuomo utilizing authorities sources — staffers — to assist write, put together and promote his profitable $5.1 million pandemic-era memoir “American Crisis.”

James and Williams’ campaigns didn’t reply to a direct request for remark when requested for up to date fundraising figures.

James additionally lately employed a brand new marketing campaign director — Gabby Seay — who was 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers Union’ director of political motion. An endorsement from the important thing union will probably be extremely wanted forward of the Democratic main in June.

De Blasio didn’t reply to a direct request for remark.

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