Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday acknowledged the “many, many victims” hurt by Bernie Madoff — but insisted his death was “not a time to dance on a grave.”
“Look, [it’s] a very sad episode in the history of this city, and a lot of people unfortunately were hurt,” Hizzoner said at his press briefing Wednesday of the late crook’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme.
“The day someone passes is not a time to dance on a grave, but let’s just be honest: many, many people were hurt by his actions,” he said soon after hearing about Madoff’s death.
“It’s time to hopefully turn the page and move forward,” he said.
Madoff died Wednesday at the secure federal medical center in Butner, North Carolina, where he was serving a 150-year prison sentence, according to prison officials. He would have turned 83 on April 29.
His epic stock fraud remains the biggest in Wall Street history, and left more than 37,000 victims in 136 countries in its wake, including a slew of celebrities and high-profile business leaders.