The Latest: NYC mayor wants to put allegations behind him

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.


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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on prosecutors' announcement that state and federal investigations of Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges against him or others acting on his behalf (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he isn't surprised by the decision not to prosecute anyone in his administration in an elections fundraising probe.

De Blasio said Thursday his only feeling is "we can finally put this behind us and focus on the needs of everyday people."

The yearlong investigation by state and federal prosecutors looked into allegations of misconduct by and on behalf of the Democratic mayor for his 2013 election campaign and the 2014 state Senate effort. It centered on solicited donations from individuals who sought official favors from the city.

De Blasio said he disagreed with some of how the case was characterized. But he said the end result remains the same: No criminal charges were brought because no one did anything criminal.

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11:45 a.m.

A New York City Hall spokesman says it has always "been confident" that the actions of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration are "within the law."

Prosecutors said Thursday that state and federal probes of de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges for the mayor or others acting on his behalf.

City Hall press secretary Eric Phillips said in a statement that New Yorkers "deserve honest, progressive government" and "will always get it" while de Blasio is mayor.

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10:20 a.m.

Prosecutors say state and federal probes of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges for the mayor or others acting on his behalf.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the facts were insufficient to successfully argue a provable violation of election laws. But he said the actions appear to be "contrary to the intent and spirit of the law."

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim announced no charges against Mayor Bill de Blasio or others acting on his behalf.

Kim and Vance made the announcements Thursday.

Kim said federal prosecutors and the FBI had been investigating fundraising by and on behalf of the Democratic mayor for his 2013 election campaign and the 2014 state Senate effort.

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