Charity begins at home — stays there is you’re Bill de Blasio.
According to the New York Post, the “people’s mayor” and his wife, Chirlane McCray, ended up reporting an adjusted gross income of $223,449 for tax year 2017. But they made only $350 in charitable donations.
That’s 15/100 of 1% of their adjusted gross. It’s less than the $500 the couple paid their tax preparer.
There’s more. According to Grace Rauh, political reporter for news station NY1, the de Blasios took a $12,000 loss on their Brooklyn home, which they rent out. That’s despite collecting $104,000 in rent last year for that house and another property they own.
Looking over de Blasio’s 2017 tax return. Earned $223k in adjusted income and recorded a loss of $12K for his Brooklyn homes, which he rents out. He and Chirlane say they gave just $350 to charity last year. That’s $150 less than they paid their tax preparer.
— Grace Rauh (@gracerauh) April 17, 2018
So what is the alleged populist’s explanation for being such a tightwad? He’s putting a kid through college. De Blasio spokesman Austin Finan told the Post that “the mayor is not a rich man.”
“He and the first lady help their son pay tuition to one of the most expensive schools in the country,” Finan added.
The couple listed the tuition payments at Yale University for their son, Dante, as $51,400 in 2017.
Doesn’t your heart just bleed for this guy?
To get a better sense of exactly what de Blasio purports to believe in, last September while running for reelection he went full communist, declaring:
What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be.