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De Blasio hasn’t come close to paying off his legal debt

Mayor de Blasio still owed his legal defense lawyers at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel between $250,000 and $500,000 as of Dec. 31, financial disclosure forms show.

Probes by federal and state officials of the mayor’s fundraising — amid allegations of a pay-to-play culture at City Hall — were closed in March 2017.

But the disclosures made public Monday suggest de Blasio hasn’t made much of a dent in paying his personal legal tab.

In a June 30 posting on Medium, the mayor put the bill at roughly $300,000, which he’s obligated to pay out of his own pocket because it was for political work unrelated to his government job.

He said at the time he’d pay those bills through a legal defense fund, but he has yet to take any public steps to establish such a fund.

The mayor had initially offered to pay his entire legal bill, including for the government-related work, but he explained that he had changed his mind when limits were set on how much he could raise — and was moving more than $2.2 million in bills over to the taxpayers’ tab.

“I have been reluctant to ask taxpayers to shoulder the burden of my compliance with these reviews,” he wrote at the time.

“But after giving this a great deal of thought, it has become increasingly clear that the most appropriate course of action is to let the City cover the costs for legal work tied to my government service, as it would for any of its employees in a similar situation.”

The move boosted the total taxpayers’ obligation to $14.5 million, which includes the legal defense of top City Hall aides.

No charges were filed in either probe, even though two prominent mayoral donors have since pleaded guilty to federal charges of bribing city officials.

A mayoral spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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