Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis and Republican comptroller candidate Michel Faulkner held a joint press conference Thursday, condemning Mayor Bill de Blasio for what they termed “pay-to-play” and his administration’s engagement with Harendra Singh. Singh is enmeshed in a variety of legal troubles, including criminal charges that he bribed Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and accusations that he improperly sought assistance from the de Blasio administration while operating the restaurant Water’s Edge. (Prosecutors declined to bring any criminal charges after reviewing the Water’s Edge accusations.)
Malliotakis and Faulkner are likely to be the Republican nominees for their respective offices, without having to run in a primary.
Here is the full press conference: