Hardly a day goes by without any mention of R&R in New York’s papers. Today is no exception. Needless to say, indictment rumors are swirling.
From the New York Daily News – April 21, 2016
The police patronage arrived by air and by sea.
A business honcho at the center of a far-reaching police corruption probe got the department’s vaunted harbor unit to give his friends brief boat rides during a catered barbecue at the 39th St. Pier in Brooklyn last summer, the Daily News has learned.
The event was “an appreciation” gathering for cops in the 66th Precinct and some assigned elsewhere, according to a source. It was hosted by Jeremy Reichberg, 42, and there were roughly 100 people in attendance, the source said.
“It was an event for the community, but he wanted to show how much clout he had and had harbor (unit) there to give people rides,” according to another source.
Reichberg — who donated to Mayor de Blasio’s 2013 campaign — is being investigated by the FBI for giving gifts to officers in return for favors, sources say.
The News reported Tuesday that the Borough Park businessman leaned on his cop pals to have two NYPD helicopters fly over a cruise on the Hudson River last summer. Reichberg was hosting a party on the boat for members of his bungalow colony in upstate Monticello, sources said.
The burgeoning federal corruption probe has resulted in nine officers, including several high-ranking officials, getting demoted.
The gifts handed out by Reichberg and his pal Jona Rechnitz include trips to the Super Bowl, Brazil and China, according to sources.
Rechnitz owns a private plane, which he’d use to treat the cops, a source added. At least one flight included a prostitute dressed as a flight attendant, sources said.
On Wednesday, City Hall announced that it is freezing two grants that were given to a volunteer Jewish police force because it has ties to the businessman busted for bribing NYPD officers for gun permits.
The Shmira Civilian Volunteer Patrol of Boro Park was to receive $35,000 in City Council discretionary funds. The decision to freeze the contracts was first reported by Politico New York.
Mayor de Blasio’s office is refusing to release the funds because the force’s chief financial officer listed on city documents is Shaya (Alex) Lichtenstein, the businessman who was charged last week with doling out cash and other goodies to try to expedite NYPD gun permit requests.
Reichberg did not return calls seeking comment. The NYPD also did not respond to a request for comment.