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Ex-DCAS Official: City Fired Me for Pushing Back on Donor Favors

Posted 7/31/17

Ricardo Morales, the city’s former Deputy Commissioner for Asset Management, has filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit, alleging that he was let go because he objected to the political influence that tainted two controversial city deals.

He cited “City Hall’s lack of truthfulness regarding the lifting of deed restrictions on Rivington House” and his having “reported violations of the city’s Conflict-of-Interest Law” over “City Hall’s inappropriate involvement” in negotiations with a Queens restaurateur and major donor to Mayor de Blasio as the reasons he was fired in February by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

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