A defiant Mayor Bloomberg said "I make no apologies" for not telling the public about the arrest of former Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, breaking his silence after ducking reporters and critics for days after The Post broke the story.
"I make no apologies for either the fact that Mr. Goldsmith has left city government or for treating the Goldsmith's family with basic decency," the clearly miffed mayor said about the domestic dispute that landed Goldsmith in the slammer in D.C. on July 30.
Hizzoner's office said Goldsmith was dismissed on Aug. 4 because of poor performance during the Christmas blizzard.
But when asked today by The Post if Goldsmith would have been fired for his performance had he not been arrested, Bloomberg astonishingly said, "no."
Bloomberg added that Goldsmith called the administration on July 31 and offered his resignation, then saw Bloomberg personally on Monday Aug. 1 to offer it formally. Bloomberg would not say today whether Goldsmith told him about the arrest during that meeting.