New York Daily News

November 1, 2016, 1:06 PM

  

 

PBA bashes de Blasio's decision to appoint attorney John Siegal to the Civilian Complaint Review Board

By GRAHAM RAYMAN, THOMAS TRACY

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the appointment of John Siegal (pictured) to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

An attorney who tried to quash appeals to a federal judge’s call for a federal monitor in the infamous 2013 stop-and-frisk case has been appointed to the city’s police watchdog group.

Mayor de Blasio picked John Siegal to fill a vacant spot at the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates police misconduct across the five boroughs.

Siegal worked with de Blasio when the mayor was the city’s Public Advocate — and donated $4,500 to de Blasio’s mayoral campaign in 2012 and 2013, according to the city’s Campaign Finance Board. He also held several fundraisers for de Blasio, sources said.

As part of his work for de Blasio’s Public Advocate office, Siegal went before a federal appeals judge in October 2013 to demand the city not delay implementation of federal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision against stop-and-frisk.

In a statement, Mayor de Blasio said that Siegal will “address the needs and concerns of every New Yorker.” (JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

But de Blasio said Siegal was a perfect fit for the CCRB.

"John Siegal's years of private practice and helping clients navigate the litigation process, as well as his commitment to public service, make him a great addition," de Blasio said, adding that Siegal will “address the needs and concerns of every New Yorker.”

Siegal, a partner at Baker & Hostetler who primarily represents financial services, media and real estate industry clients, happily accepted the position.

"My career has been devoted to advocacy, mostly for clients but for government reform too,” he said.

Siegal is Mayor de Blasio’s fourth appointment to the tumultuous board.

In April, CCRB Chair Richard Emery resigned after he was sued by executive director Mina Malik for allegedly demeaning her and a co-worker with foul language. Malik dropped the suit two weeks later.