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New York, NY - Report: Feds Probing Another de Blasio Deal

Published on: May 22, 2016 04:35 PM
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File: Mayor Bill de Blasio during a Civic Hall "fireside chat". Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography OfficeFile: Mayor Bill de Blasio during a Civic Hall "fireside chat". Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

New York, NY - In yet another “pay-to-play scandal,” the New York Post reports (http://nyp.st/1TvgZ8L) that de Blasio made another deal with one of his cronies, Hudson Cos., to overhaul the Brooklyn Heights library and convert it into luxury condos. The $52 million transaction has drawn the attention of city and federal investigators who are now probing the details and have issued subpoenas.

Hudson Cos. was awarded the contract by the city to buy the library located on Clinton Street and add an additional 36 floors on top of it even though it offered $6 million less than other developers for the same bid. One competing developer, who declined to be named, said the bidding process was rigged to favor de Blasio’s allies.


“It’s going to be hard to explain to a federal prosecutor why Toll Brothers, a large firm, was outbid by a smaller bidder,” one source said.
In an effort to raise money for the library, the Brooklyn Public Library asked the city to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) to renovate the site and include affordable housing as part of the deal. The RFP was put out by both the city and the library in June 2013, and bids were considered by the city’s Economic Development Corp.

David Kramer, president of Hudson Cos., not only donated money to de Blasio’s campaign, but also pushed for the library contract in meetings with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glenn in the beginning of 2014.

“Kramer was telling people at the time, ‘Whatever we need to do, we’re going to win this,’” a source with knowledge of the bidding told the Post.
Since 2007, Kramer and his wife have contributed $9,125 to de Blasio. For an unknown reason, de Blasio returned $6,325 of that money, but did keep $4,850 from other Hudson employees. Kramer and his architect also held fundraisers for de Blasio. Soon after de Blasio was elected, Hudson Cos. gave $5,000 to the mayor’s Campaign for One New York, while Kramer’s architect, Jonathan Marvel, donated $2,000 in June 2015.

One of the competing developers, Toll Brothers, also gave Campaign for One New York, two $25,000 contributions. Hudson Cos. and Toll Brothers were selected as the finalists in the summer of 2014, with Hudson securing the contract in September.

A spokesman for de Blasio denied any pay-to-play was involved in the RFP, saying the process “followed a strict protocol” and that the contract was awarded to Hudson “meritoriously, as its bid provided the best overall package for the library. . .including the most affordable housing.”

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 May 22, 2016 at 05:02 PM Heeb Says:

so now the hunter becomes the hunted......nice!


 May 22, 2016 at 05:09 PM bennyt Says:

Bill di Duphus is starting to smell worse than a dead fish.


 May 22, 2016 at 05:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Let's hear the antisemitism cry.


 May 22, 2016 at 08:31 PM HankM Says:

Is Comrade DeBlasio of the bourgeois after all?


 May 22, 2016 at 10:35 PM yankee96 Says:

vote these socialist/demoRATS/progressive liberal slimeballs out of office


 May 23, 2016 at 09:38 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

when will the self appointed askanim who will do ANYTHING to get a picture with this anti-Torah Communist who signed a law allowing men to use women's bathrooms, finally have the busha to avoid him?


 May 23, 2016 at 12:52 PM Monroe23 Says:

I don't get it! according to the report, Mayor De-Blasio is not a criminal he is just an idiot, he gave a contract to someone who along with his employees gave him less than 15K combined and he didn't give the contract to someone who gave him 25K twice and even submitted a bid of 6M more?
To me it seems that this is someone who is out to get him guilty or not. It doesn't make sense even for a stupid person, and while I disagree with his liberal policies, I don't think he is stupid.


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