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Bill de Blasio mum on campaign probe during Queens church visits

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at Calvary Baptist

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at Calvary Baptist Church in Queens, Sunday, May 1, 2016, but sidestepped mention of the campaign finance scandal his administration faces. Credit: Jeff Bachner

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited two Queens churches Sunday to tout what he said were improvements his administration had made on snow removal, policing and other services for those communities, and making no reference to his campaign finance scandal.

He was defended by leaders of both Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica and Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church in Cambria Heights as a fighter for low-income New Yorkers and people of color.

In introducing de Blasio, the Rev. Victor Hall of Calvary Baptist Church spoke without details about the “difficult time” the Democratic mayor was going through.

“I know he is a good man,” said the pastor, who serves on the mayor’s clergy advisory council and whose daughter starts a job this month working for de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray.

Fundraising practices by the mayor and his inner circle relating to efforts to get Democrats elected to the Republican-controlled state Senate in 2014 are under criminal investigation. Some of the mayor’s top aides have been subpoenaed.

“Everything was done very carefully, meticulously, with legal guidance,” de Blasio said Friday in a WNYC radio interview.

He focused Sunday on how City Hall had served southeastern Queens. He told both congregations in nearly identical speeches that he had worked to get them credits on their water bills, proper snow-removal equipment for smaller roads, reforms to NYPD’s practice of stop-and-frisk and a new police precinct.

“This government is devoted to hearing your voices and serving you,” he told Mount Moriah parishioners.

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