An office building in the city’s Diamond District continues to be a gem for Mayor de Blasio’s fund-raising efforts.
Last month, diamond dealer Reuven Kaufman and his family donated nearly $20,000 to de Blasio’s 2017 campaign — even though the election was back in November.
Kaufman, his wife and his two sons each made the maximum contributions of $4,950 to the campaign on Jan. 5 and Jan. 8, records show.
The jeweler, who heads the trade association the Diamond Dealers Clubs, has an office in the World Diamond Tower at 580 Fifth Ave.
If that address sounds familiar, it’s because convicted felon and former de Blasio fund-raiser Jona Rechnitz had an office on another floor in the 34-story building.
Rechnitz pleaded guilty in 2017 to bribing government officials for favors and was at the center of a federal pay-to-play probe that ended with no charges being brought against de Blasio.
Rechnitz gave $4,950 to the mayor’s campaign in 2013. He also bundled $44,650 in donations to de Blasio that year.
Kaufman told the Daily News he didn’t know Rechnitz and there appears to be no known connection between the men.
But Rechnitz knew other jewelers in the building. Three of the donations Rechnitz bundled in 2013 were from Paul Raps, Yaron Turgeman and Chana Weisz.
Raps, who donated a total of $9,450 to de Blasio’s 2013 campaign and his transition team, shared an office with Rechnitz at 580 Fifth Ave., records show.
Turgeman, who gave $5,350 to de Blasio’s campaign and transition team, also has a suite in the building. Moshe Lax, Weisz’s husband, also had an office there.
Kaufman told the Daily News on Wednesday that he and his family made the contributions to thank the mayor for his service.
“I just feel he is doing a good job and I just wanted to show my appreciation for what he is doing for the city,” he said.
Kaufman said he met the mayor once or twice but couldn’t recall if the campaign had reached out to him to contribute.
“I don’t remember to be honest with you,” he said.
Records show the de Blasio campaign still owes $62,500 to the law firm of its attorney, Laurence Laufer. The campaign said it’s normal to raise donations post-election to cover future expenses. Records show it has raked in nearly $74,000 since Election Day.
“The campaign will continue to do some fund-raising to pay for the expected cost of winding down the campaign and complying with the routine Campaign Finance Board audit,” de Blasio’s organization said in a statement.
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