Report: De Blasio Administration Knew About and Tried to Undo Rivington House Deed Lifting

Posted on: April 25th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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This should surprise no one, and equally boil the blood. It appears the Mayor knew all along…

Officials in the highest levels of the de Blasio Administration not only knew about, but tried to reverse, the controversial nursing home flip at the Rivington House this year.

The New York Post broke the news in a story yesterday, noting that the “panicked” administration, aware of their blunder, offered millions to undo the $16.1 million deed lifting that led to the $116 million sale to developers Slate Property Group, China Vanke Co., and Adam America Real Estate for condo conversion.

On Feb. 24, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen’s chief of staff frantically offered a $16.1 million refund to The Allure Group, which had paid the fee to get a deed restriction lifted on the property at 45 Rivington St. The deed change allowed Allure to sell the property to a luxury-condo ­developer for $116 million.

In return for the refund, Allure was told, the city sought a long-term care facility or affordable housing, according to a source close to the negotiations and evidence reviewed by The Post.

Those two options were what “the Mayor’s ­Office wants,” James Patchett, chief of staff to Glen, told Allure’s rep, the source said.

But a crestfallen Patchett — who blamed a bungling city agency for the whole mess — was told it was too late; the sale had already gone through.

An increasingly desperate Patchett persisted, calling the situation an “important issue to us” and saying he would “highly encourage” Allure to change the outcome, the source said.

This scandal just keeps getting worse. Nullify the deed lifting!

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Photo: New York Post

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