Mayor de Blasio says he won't apologize to Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Counsel

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio's comment was short and sweet on whether he would apologize to a state Board of Election official.

"That's not going to happen," Mayor de Blasio said.

It's the latest chapter in an ongoing saga of political backstabbing between the mayor and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

"I think he should apologize, but he makes his own decisions," Governor Cuomo said.

It began last month when the Daily News broke the story of a Board of Elections investigation, which found the de Blasio administration had violated campaign finance laws.

The bipartisan board forwarded the case to the Manhattan District Attorney for criminal prosecution.

The de Blasio administration blamed Risa Sugarman, the in-house counsel who wrote the report and a Cuomo appointee, for having leaked it to damage the mayor's reputation.

But an independent investigation exonerated Sugarman, blaming instead John Conklin, the Board of Election Director of Public Information, who allegedly admitted under oath to releasing the report to the Daily News.

"Do I think that on the facts he was wrong? These were just people who were doing their job. These are people who did suffer reputational damage," Governor Cuomo said.

The mayor's office in an earlier statement believes Risa Sugarman's office "failed to secure the confidentiality of the memo."

As far as ongoing investigations, "We said from the beginning we want to help in any way we can and work to conclude these issues quickly as possible," Mayor de Blasio said.
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