Friday, December 25, 2015

The Interlocking-Directorates of CM Levin, Lobbyists Berlin Rosen and the Sale of a library That the Community Did Not Want Sold ccc






de Blasio Has Said He Has Not Spoken to Berlin Rosen About Their Clients Has the Mayor Spoken to Berlin Rosen's Interlocking Directorates Who Took Down A Librarty Despite Strong Community Opposition

Developer with ties to de Blasio scores job, despite being outbid (NYP) A developer with ties to Mayor de Blasio won the right to transform a Brooklyn library into a residential skyscraper despite being outbid by at least two other builders, multiple sources told The Post.  Hudson Companies bid $52 million for development rights to the Brooklyn Heights Library, $6 million and $1 million less than two other bidders.  The bids of 11 other developers who lost out on the lucrative project have never been publicly revealed.  Hudson CEO David Kramer, a mayoral friend and fund-raiser, proposed a 30-story residential tower with space for a new library on the ground floor and $40 million to fix up other branches. (It has since grown to 36 stories.)  Not only was his bid lower than others, Kramer was the only competitor to propose placing the required affordable housing units off-site — at a location two miles away in Clinton Hill. This despite de Blasio long decrying projects that separate subsidized apartments from market-rate ones.  Nearly all the other bidders put the affordable units in the same building on Clinton Street, according to sources familiar with the bid process. Kramer proposed 114 units; another bidder planned 117. The price tag for Kramer’s plan came out to be about $100 per square foot less than the going rate of $500 per square foot for Brooklyn Heights properties.  Critics said Hudson got a de-Blasio-sized discount.  He and his wife gave more than $9,000 to de Blasio’s public-advocate and mayoral campaigns since 2007, although de Blasio had to return all but $400 of Kramer’s cash because his company did business with the city. Hudson employees gave an additional $2,450 during that time.  Kramer acknowledged that he did speak to Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who used to run Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group, to “look at the project” shortly after she arrived at City Hall. That same Goldman Sachs division provided Kramer with a $10 million loan to help finance the library project. Library board member Peter Ashkenasy said, “At the end of the day, it was the issues that concerned the library the most — what the new library would look like and the economic benefits to the library, and Hudson had identified a site for the interim library. No one else had done that.” But real-estate insiders were flabbergasted.  “This is the only project I ever did that didn’t go to the highest bidder,” one source said. “I’ve never seen it before.”







1. Councilman Steven Levin paid Berlin Rosen over $100,000 to run his re-elected campaign in 2013.  Levin ties to the unregistered lobbyist Berlin Rosen go back to his 2009 campaign when he spent $8,000 on WFP's Data and Field, that former county leader the late Vito Lopez ran. 2. Berlin Rosen also represents the Brooklyn Public Library that is selling the library with almost no community support to developers, Hudson Companies, in partnership with Marvel Architects.  3.  Berlin Rosen also represents Hudson and has many connections to Marvel Architects. It is impossible to tell who are the Berlin Clients are since the firm does not registered as a lobbyist. 4. Hudson Companies and Marvel Architects are putting up the strongly opposed Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the hotel and condominium complex that the same Brooklyn Heights community failed in court to stop 


de Blasio and Berlin Rosen Joined At the Hip Their Interlocking-Directorates of Unregistered Lobbyists and PACs Are A Cancer to Our Democracy
 5. That is not the end of Berlin Rosen Interlocking-Directorates with the sell of the library. Citizens Defending Libraries White pointed out that Forest City Ratner owned zoning rights connected to the library, Noticing New York  Berlin Rosen is also work for Ratner. White called Forest City Ratner, as it's a gatekeeper to the transaction. Mayor To Back Library Sale Because of Ties to Condo Developer, Critics Say (DNAINFO) "Mayor de Blasio has been taking money from the developer and his team while their application to acquire and shrink the library was pending," White's group said in a press release issued early Tuesday. David Kramer, a principal of Hudson, donated $4,725 to the mayor in 2011. Berlin Rosen work for the de Blasio's 2013 campaign for mayor and now work for his slush fund PAC Campaign for One NY   6. (All Blue) In the space of 6 years Berlin Rosen has taken the lead in electing puppets to mostly the city council that follow the needs of their clients over the needs of the voters who elected them.   7. (All Black) Besides working for de Blasio campaign Berlin Rosen the councilman Steve Levin who had the power in the council to stop the deal. True News has reported that lobbyists have taken over most of the old Tammany Hall to run a shadow govt that cuts out the public. Citizens Defending Libraries in their press release after the sale of the library said it has been clear that with this library sale we have been witness to the exercise of an enormous amount of power.  What we did not see today was the exercise by the City Council of the power that it has to protect the public.


The Brooklyn Library Being Sued Over Lying About Its Capital Funds Over Sale of Its Brooklyn Heights Branch 
Group files federalcomplaint over sale of Brooklyn Heights Library (Daily Eagle) An advocacy group filed a complaint with the United States Attorney’s Office on Tuesday over the planned $52 million sale of the Brooklyn Heights Library to developer Hudson Companies. The organization Love Brooklyn Libraries! (LBL!) contends that Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has been misrepresenting its capital funds in order to facilitate a real estate grab. Named in the complaint are the City of New York, the NYC Economic Development Corp., the NYC Land Development Corp., BPL and Cadman Associates, LLC. LBL!’s complaint, a draft of which was obtained by the Brooklyn Eagle, said that BPL “persists in promoting a false pretense of capital ‘underfunding’ and the false pretense of a so-called ‘crisis’ in its solicitation of the city for $52 million in sales proceeds anticipated from the sale of the Brooklyn Heights library.” The complaint was written by LBL! President Laurie Frey. Also named in the complaint is state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who declined to take action after LBL! filed an initial letter of complaint with his office on Jan. 15. LBL! originally filed with Schneiderman because “the Attorney General oversees non-profits,” said LBL! Secretary Doreen Gallo. Schneiderman, however, turned down the request because the library land is owned by the city and not the non-profit library system. This doesn’t sit right with Gallo. “Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is not telling the truth about their expenses and funding,” she said. “The Attorney General has oversight over BPL, and they are choosing not to do anything.”








The Brooklyn Public Library Sitting On $100M Pile of Cash Sells Building Crying Poor
‘Broke’ Brooklyn Public Library sitting on $100M cash pile: activists (NYP) The Brooklyn Public Library is crying poverty to justify selling off its branches despite sitting on more than $100 million in unspent funds, a complaint sent to the city and state attorney general alleges. Library officials signed off on the $52 million sale of their Brooklyn Heights branch to a developer in Sept. 2015, claiming they needed $300 million to refurbish other branches. They even testified before the City Council that the city gives them only an average of $15 million a year for improvements. But as of November the council has designated $158 million to them, an amount that rolled over from prior budgets the past seven years, activists and some former public officials say.“The capital funds are real,” said one former lawmaker. “They’ll come up with excuses for the money but they’re full of s–t. All the numbers, they pull them out of thin air.” The sale of the Brooklyn Heights branch to Manhattan-based developer Hudson Companies was part of a “fraudulent scheme” based on “false pretense,” alleges a complaint filed with the attorney general and city Law Department on Jan. 15 by residents and a group called Love Brooklyn Libraries. “The Brooklyn Public Library has persisted in feigning capital poverty and manufacturing a so-called crisis to further a lucrative real-estate deal which will potentially benefit the library,” it said. ibrary honchos dismissed the claims. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declined to review the Brooklyn Heights branch’s sale because the library land was owned by the city and not the nonprofit.






Last week, Councilman Stephen Levin backed a new deal for the library's $52 million sale the sale of the business library in his district of Brooklyn Heights to a developer to build a 36 story building. According to lawyer urban planer Michael White who with members of Citizens Defending Libraries has been trying to block the sale the last minute deals that Levin and Economic Development. Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen took credit for was in the works for months, and sold out the community. White group had it work cut out for them. Berlin Rosen not only help elected Councilman Levin, but also represent or was connect to every major party in the library theft from the Brooklyn Heights’ community.


1. Councilman Steven Levin paid Berlin Rosen over $100,000 to run his re-elected campaign in 2013.  Levin ties to the unregistered lobbyist Berlin Rosen go back to his 2009 campaign when he spent $8,000 on WFP's Data and Field, that former county leader the late Vito Lopez ran. 2. Berlin Rosen also represents the Brooklyn Public Library that is selling the library with almost no community support to developers, Hudson Companies, in partnership with Marvel Architects.  3.  Berlin Rosen also represents Hudson and has many connections to Marvel Architects. It is impossible to tell who are the Berlin Clients are since the firm does not registered as a lobbyist. 4. Hudson Companies and Marvel Architects are putting up the strongly opposed Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the hotel and condominium complex that the same Brooklyn Heights community failed in court to stop 


de Blasio and Berlin Rosen Joined At the Hip Their Interlocking-Directorates of Unregistered Lobbyists and PACs Are A Cancer to Our Democracy
 5. That is not the end of Berlin Rosen Interlocking-Directorates with the sell of the library. Citizens Defending Libraries White pointed out that Forest City Ratner owned zoning rights connected to the library, Noticing New York  Berlin Rosen is also work for Ratner. White called Forest City Ratner, as it's a gatekeeper to the transaction. Mayor To Back Library Sale Because of Ties to Condo Developer, Critics Say (DNAINFO) "Mayor de Blasio has been taking money from the developer and his team while their application to acquire and shrink the library was pending," White's group said in a press release issued early Tuesday. David Kramer, a principal of Hudson, donated $4,725 to the mayor in 2011. Berlin Rosen work for the de Blasio's 2013 campaign for mayor and now work for his slush fund PAC Campaign for One NY   6. (All Blue) In the space of 6 years Berlin Rosen has taken the lead in electing puppets to mostly the city council that follow the needs of their clients over the needs of the voters who elected them.   7. (All Black) Besides working for de Blasio campaign Berlin Rosen the councilman Steve Levin who had the power in the council to stop the deal. True News has reported that lobbyists have taken over most of the old Tammany Hall to run a shadow govt that cuts out the public. Citizens Defending Libraries in their press release after the sale of the library said it has been clear that with this library sale we have been witness to the exercise of an enormous amount of power.  What we did not see today was the exercise by the City Council of the power that it has to protect the public.

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The Interlocking-Directorares of CM Levin, Lobbyists Berlin Rosen and the Sale of A library That the Community Did Not Want Sold

Last week, Councilman Stephen Levin backed a new deal for the library's $52 million sale the sale of the business library in his district of Brooklyn Heights to a developer to build a 36 story building. According to lawyer urban planer Michael White who with members of Citizens Defending Libraries have been trying to block the sale the last minute deal that Levin and Economic Development. Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen took credit for was in the works for months, and sold out the community. White group had it work cut out for them. Berlin Rosen not only help elected Councilman Levin, but also represent or was connect to every major party in the library theft from the Brooklyn Heights. Community.

1. Councilman Steven Levin paid Berlin Rosen over $100,000 to run his re-elected campaign in 2013.  Levin ties to the unregistered lobbyist Berlin Rosen go back to his 2009 campaign when he spent $8,000 on WFP's Data and Field, that former county leader the late Vito Lopez ran. 2. Berlin Rosen also represents the Brooklyn Public Library that is selling the library with almost no community support to a developers, Hudson Companies, in partnership with Marvel Architects.  3.  Berlin Rosen also represent Hudson and has many connections to Marvel Architects. It is impossible to tell who are the Berlin Clients are since the firm does not registered as a lobbyist. 4Hudson Companies and Marvel Architects are putting up the strongly opposed Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the hotel and condominium complex that the same Brooklyn Heights community failed in court to stop  5That is not the end of Berlin Rosen Interlocking-Directorares with the sell of of the library. Citizens Defending Libraries White pointed out that Forest City Ratner owned zoning rights connected to the library, Noticing New York  Berlin Rosen is also work for Ratner. White called Forest City Ratner, as it's a gatekeeper to the transaction. Mayor To Back LibrarySale Because of Ties to Condo Developer, Critics Say (DNAINFO) "Mayor de Blasio has been taking money from the developer and his team while their application to acquire and shrink the library was pending," White's group said in a press release issued early Tuesday. David Kramer, a principal of Hudson, donated $4,725 to the mayor in 2011. Berlin Rosen work for the de Blasio's 2013 campaign for mayor and now work for his slush fund PAC Campaign for One NY   6. (All Blue) In the space of 6 years Berlin Rosen has taken the lead in electing puppets to mostly the city council that follow the needs of their clients over the needs of the voters who elected them.   7. (All Black) Besides working for de Blasio campaign Berlin Rosen the councilman Steve Levin who had the power in the council to stop the deal. True News has reported that lobbyists have taken over most of the old Tammany Hall to run a shadow govt that cuts out the public. Citizens Defending Libraries in their press release after the sale of the library said It has been clear that with this library sale we have been witness to the exercise of an enormous amount of power.  What we did not see today was the exercise by the City Council of the power that it has to protect the public.  * Brooklyn Heights Library Redevelopment Gains Pivotal Ally [Curbed] * City Planning Greenlights Controversial Brooklyn Library Project [Curbed] * Controversial Brooklyn Library Plan Gets City Council Approval via @CurbedNY

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