Mayor Bill de Blasio is in no rush to pay the $300,000 he still owes for legal fees he ran up while facing a state probe of his pay-to-play political fundraising. Indeed, it looks he’ll never cough up the dough himself: He wants the City Council to pass a law so he can get lobbyists to pay it for him.As the Post notes, the bill is "owed to a firm, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, whose lobbying arm represents clients that have business before the city."
He can’t dump the cost on city taxpayers, as he has with another $2.6 million in fees (after long insisting that he wouldn’t). And he won’t sell some real estate to clear the debt.
But Speaker Corey Johnson says the council’s not giving him the law he wants anytime soon — one that would let him take fat-cat donations for a legal-defense fund.
Kramer Levin is not actually listed as a lobbyist for Forest City New York or Greenland Forest City Partners. But it has long represented Forest City in legal matters, regarding Atlantic Yards.