NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces city has 'no objections' to Steve Cohen's purchase of Mets

Danny Abriano
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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio

Not long after Steve Cohen's purchase of the Mets was approved by MLB owners on Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city has "no objections" and that the transaction can proceed.

"The New York City Law Department has completed its legal review of the proposed sale of the @Mets. New York City has no objections and the Mets can now proceed with the transaction," de Blasio tweeted.

Asked earlier Friday about the situation, de Blasio reiterated that the legal review of Cohen the city was conducting was not personal.

"It's our land," de Blasio had said, according to Julia Marsh of the New York Post. "There is a legal requirement that if there's an ownership change it has to be evaluated. ... Some folks are trying to ascribe it to personal feelings. It's not."

When asked his personal opinion of Cohen, de Blasio told Marsh it wasn't appropriate to comment.

"When we're in the middle of a legal review it's not appropriate to be commenting on the people involved," he said, refusing to say whether a decision would come before Friday.

In a statement released shortly after his bid was approved by owners, Cohen said his foundation will "continue its involvement in philanthropic activities that benefit the city and all of its boroughs."

"Steven Cohen will donate $17.5 million to programs developed by the City to make grants to local area small businesses to assist them in these uniquely troubling times," part of the statement reads. "This tax deductible donation would be received and held by the New York City Economic Development Corporation."

League sources had told SNY Insider Andy Martino that the mayor recently called the commissioner’s office and informed Rob Manfred of his opposition to the sale. De Blasio spokesman Bill Neidhardt confirmed that call, but characterized it differently, saying "The NYC Law department is doing their due diligence of examining a new lease on incredibly valuable city-owned land. That's what the call was about ... he called to discuss the review process."

But now all of that back and forth seems to be a part of the past, as Neidhardt tweeted out a photo of a "De Blasio" Mets jersey just as the mayor announced the transaction could proceed.