Political Influence: Paying to Play
Public campaign finance records show that the Squitieri family and many corporate entities controlled by the Squitieris donated more than $200,000 over ten years to local elected officials, the Bronx Democratic party, the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) and its members.
Squitieri has been honored by Bronx elected officials, including the Borough President and Councilmember and former Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj. Two months after major media outlets exposed the cause of Diallo’s death, Squitieri was once again honored by a local business association and posed for photos with members of the City Council, State Assembly, and US Congress.
Since 2016, Squitieri has paid over $120,000 to the MirRam Group, an influential Bronx firm, to lobby against initiatives to reform the commercial waste industry including the recently passed Waste Equity Bill and the City’s proposed zoned commercial waste collection system.