De Blasio quietly filed untaxed cig suit the week of Garner decision

Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered city lawyers to stay silent about a groundbreaking lawsuit to keep bootleg cigarettes out of the Big Apple — because it came as Hizzoner was downplaying the illegal cigarette sales that led to the ill-fated police arrest of Eric Garner, The Post has learned.

The city Law Department drafted the civil racketeering suit the same week that a Staten Island grand jury did not indict NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s chokehold death, and it was quietly filed in Brooklyn federal court on Dec. 9.

The Law Department drafted a press release boasting that the suit “is the first of its kind brought by the city against an out-of-state entity for supplying cigarette traffickers,” sources said.

But City Hall suppressed the news, ordering the Law Department not to put out the release, according to the sources.

The move kept de Blasio from looking like a hypocrite for cracking down on illegal tobacco sales at the same time he was minimizing Garner’s criminal activity, which led to his deadly July 17 arrest…

“You can’t have the mayor blabbing away that selling loosies is a ‘minor offense,’ but then have the Law Department, which represents and protects the city and the mayor’s interests, file this suit,” the official said. “It reeks of duplicity”…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Does anyone else here pick up spare money by selling “loosies”?

    • Uncle_Waspy

      Never heard of the practice of selling loosies until a couple months ago. Teenagers around here buy loosies from other teens/young adults because a) convenience stores don’t sell to minors for fear of severe penalties, and b) the kids are too poor to buy a whole pack.

      Some of the regulars over at SBPDL talk about how convenience stores in their areas will sell individual cigarettes, eggs, strips of bacon, pats of butter, etc. The suspected reason is that their customers (from the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder) don’t trust the people they’re living with, and if they purchase whole packs of bacon or cigarettes, these things will be stolen/mooched away in no time.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Holy crap!
        No kidding, really?
        That’s amazing that you LIVE with such low life’s that you can’t even but a whole stick of butter or package of bacon without having to worry about it being stolen.
        That’s the damnedest thing.

  • mauser 98

    ……De Blasio hates white people

    Mayor de Blasio Wants to Diversify City Hall Art Collection
    The City Hall portrait collection predictably features mostly staid
    portraits of old white men, and this doesn’t jive with new mayor Bill de
    Blasio’s sensibilities

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I dare say he is way more unhinged than Obama.
      The people of NYC get what they deserve.

      • mauser 98

        unhinged without the amount Barry’s puppets/puppetmasters around him

  • BillyHW

    Democrat is old Cherokee word for hypocrite. Just ask Elizabeth Warren.

  • cmh

    Pam warned everyone about deblasio a long time ago…..his chickens will come home to roost sooner or later.

    • Alain

      Yes, he is communist to the core.