Rivington House Roundup: US Attorney Preet Bharara Investigating Controversial Deed Lifting
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Another day, another multitude of stories regarding the Rivington House scandal. The Mayor and several elected officials really have some explaining to do about the loss of this community facility to luxury…
US Attorney Preet Bharara – who helped bring Sheldon Silver to justice – is now investigating the deed lifting that allowed the $116 million sale of Rivington House. “Attorneys working for Bharara, who is also probing two of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign donors in an unrelated case, attended a recent meeting about the deed restriction change with staff from other investigating agencies.” [Politico]
To give you an idea of the depth of influence, the Allure Group tapped former Governor David Paterson as consultant. “Whenever Joel had a problem with the state, he’d say, ‘Let me call the governor,’” a source to the Post. A spokesperson noted that Paterson and Allure’s Jon Landau “never discussed” lobbying to secure a deed switch that resulted in the $116 million sale of the Rivington House, and that he hasn’t worked with the firm since 2014. [New York Post]
“This is about the most horrific, hypocritical tale of two cities imaginable in de Blasio’s New York. Again, a wired de Blasio ally is involved, and somehow the city not only lifted the deed restriction but valued the property so minimally that a $16 million payment allowed for its $116 million sale. That’s a nine-figure flip, courtesy of City Hall.” [Daily News]
“No one from the public spoke at the meeting, at which seven property transactions were heard by the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services. As the scandal has unfolded in recent weeks, those impacted by it say they were unaware the meeting took place, though it was advertised in the City Record, a daily publication of meeting notices, solicitations for contractors and salary changes.” [Capital New York]