Category Archives: - State Government

Exclusive: Large beer garden planned for Pier A esplanade

April 17, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV has learned that the $6 Million paved esplanade adjacent to the Pier A nightclub is scheduled to be turned into a

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Exclusive: Pier A has acquired large chunks of BPC garages for valet parking rights

April 17, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV has learned that many of the parking garages in Battery Park City have sold parking rights to the

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Without community input, BPCA allows radiation beaming cell tower to go up

April 17, 2014- Opinion by Steven E. Greer, MD The South BPC community is getting worked up over the stealth installation of an unknown-height Verizon cell tower going in on top of 300 Albany Street, BatteryPark.TV first reported on this … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Pier A group misled CB1, applies for full cabaret liquor license

April 16, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV was informed today by the New York State Liquor Authority that the application filed by the Pier A restaurant group (The Poulakakos family and the Dermott Company) for Pier A deviates considerably … Continue reading

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Cuomo’s BPCA has the power to stop evictions at 22 River Terrace

April 1, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The BPC subcommittee of the CB1 discussed tonight the issue of the renters at 22 River Terrace who are being evicted by the new owners of the building as they convert to condos. … Continue reading

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Letter to State Liquor Authority: Do not allow the Pier A liquor license

April 13, 2014- By Delia von Neuschatz To: The New York State Liquor Authority Dear (name redacted) : I am a Battery Park City homeowner and resident writing to express my deep concern over the granting of a 7:00 AM … Continue reading

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Exclusive: CB1 was misled about Pier A liquor license

April 8, 2014- By Steven E. Greer On March 4th, when the Poulakakos restaurant group presented to the CB1 for approval of a resolution in favor of their 4:00 AM liquor license at Pier A, Peter Poulakakos proudly stated that … Continue reading

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Manhattan DA piles on, subpoenas Port Authority

April 12, 2014- WSJ reports that the Manhattan DA has subpoenaed the Port Authority. The exact reason for the actions were unclear. This investigative body  is in addition to the DOJ’s Preet Bharara, and various other New Jersey investigators.

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Former BPC resident, now State Health Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, forced out

April 9, 2014- The Post reports that former long-time BPC resident, Dr. Nirav Shah, is being ousted after scandals related to lack of inspections of abortion clinics. “State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah is stepping down amid criticism over his … Continue reading

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Crooked politicians not off the hook. DOJ still pursuing.

April 11. 2014- Any New York State politicians who were doing a victory lap when Governor Cuomo shut down his own anti-corruption panel, to get a budget passed, will be sweating like a whore in church today. The DOJ’s Preet … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dragnet Nation by Julia Angwin

March 2, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD Author of Dragnet Nation, Julia Angwin, won her Pulitzer Prize while working for the Wall Street Journal. She is now is an investigative reporter for ProPublica. Her new book builds upon her … Continue reading

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Sheldon Silver fights for LeFrak, not the common voter

April 9, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The local Broadsheet (BS) was handed some inside information from Robin Forst at the BPCA to help their case in the court of public opinion. Recall, the BPCA is now heading to real … Continue reading

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Little League opens without Speaker Silver

April 7, 2014- Last year, the Little League organizers and Community Board moved the opening day ceremonies to a Sunday in order to allow State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to attend. His religion prohibits him from attending events on Saturdays.

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BPCA engages in same legal charades as Governor Christie

March 31, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD Governor Christie recently used New jersey taxpayer dollars to fund an “investigation” of Bridgegate that used his personal defense lawyer as the investigator. Many called it a whitewash. Now, the New Jersey … Continue reading

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How much does it take to sway a CB1 member to do a 180?

March 27, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Over the last several years, as the Pier A project went from being the money pit of the city, to money pit of the BPCA, then to being a pure gift from the … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Details of the Class Action against LeFrak and the BPCA

April 6, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV obtained the actual legal complaint of the Class Action lawsuit brought by Gateway Plaza residents against the owners, LeFrak, and the BPCA. It has not been previously reported that the BPCA was … Continue reading

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Should Gateway Plaza be condemned?

February 16, 2014- Opinion By Steven E. Greer BP.TV receives many letters to the editor, most of them being gripes about quality of life issues. The vast majority of the complaints come from Gateway Plaza residents upset about conditions in … Continue reading

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Sheldon Silver gets his first challenger for the 2014 election

April 2, 2014- Gateway Plaza resident Maureen Koetz, in the news today for being the lead plaintiff in the class action suit against LeFrak real estate, is also a Republican challenger to State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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New York City’s biggest employer is the City of New York

March 23, 2014- The Post reports via Crain’s (so we have now recycled this for the third time), “City Hall and the city’s Department of Education were the top two employers in 2013 — with City Hall employing more than … Continue reading

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Cuomo kills his own ethics commission

March 31, 2014- The NYT reports that Governor Cuomo quietly announced on a Saturday conference call that he put an end to his Moreland Commission to investigate state corruption. In order to get his budget passed, he leveraged the threats … Continue reading

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Update on ferry boat horn nuisance

March 29, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Congressman Nadler updated the community today during a very informal meet-and-greet in front of Gateway Plaza. He seems to have made an earnest effort to speak to the U.S. Coast Guard about the … Continue reading

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Tesla allowed to keep New York showrooms

March 29, 2014- In a smart move by Governor Cuomo, the state reached a deal with car dealerships to allow Tesla to keep its existing showrooms, and ad more. The controversy is over Tesla’s direct sales program that threatens the … Continue reading

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Smoking gun photos of Gov. Christie with Bridge-Gate staffers as it was happening

March 29, 2014- NBC News reports that Governor Christie was actually meeting in person with all of the key staffers involved in the scandal during a tour of the 9/11 Memorial, and showed the photographs. However,

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Pier A to be “largest restaurant in NYC”

March 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer You might seriously want to be considering moving if you like Battery Park City for its quiet manicured parks and family-friendly environment. The Community Board tonight just rubberstamped a 4:00 AM liquor license … Continue reading

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State and City electeds support tenants at 22 River Terrace

March 24, 2014 John Tashjian, Principal Centurion Real Estate Partners, 595 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10002 Dear Mr. Tashjian, As elected representatives for the area, we are writing to express our concerns regarding a condominium conversion plan for a … Continue reading

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The press is now the only form of oversight on a city run by progressive Democrats

March 20, 2014- The WSJ reports today, that for the first time in 20 years, New York City’s mayor has no real opposition acting as a check and balance to power. Former Comptroller Liu is quoted, “Even when Democratic elected … Continue reading

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Port Authority Chairman pushed out

March 28, 2014- The news reports, “Port Authority Chairman David Samson resigned after a report commissioned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to probe lane closings at the George Washington Bridge recommended changes at the agency….Pat Foye, the authority’s executive … Continue reading

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FBI raids another New York Assemblyman

March 26, 2014- The Post reports, “The FBI raided the offices and home of Queens Assemblyman Bill Scarborough today in what he said was an investigation into his travel reimbursements from the state.”

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Cuomo and de Blasio Clash Again, This Time Over Homelessness

March 26, 2014- The NYT reports, “Faced with a stream of news reports on his conflicts with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo — over tax increases to pay for prekindergarten, charter schools and raising the minimum wage — Mayor Bill de … Continue reading

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Sheldon Silver schemed with alleged crooks to block affordable housing

March 22, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Sheldon Silver seems to have no allies these days. The conservative NY Post has long been exposing his scandals. Now, even the liberal NY Times has a lengthy Sunday Edition article on one … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Bob Townley’s Manhattan Youth investigated by State Attorney General

March 7, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Bob Townley is the founder and operator of the Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources Inc, a 501c New York State regulated non-profit. It operates the community center on 120 Warren Street as well … Continue reading

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The NYPD should be given jurisdiction over the WTC and 9/11 Memorial

March 22, 2014- The breach of security at the One World Trade Center site by a 16-year-old kids makes it now obvious that the Port Authority police are incompetent. After all, the Port Authority is the same corrupt agency that … Continue reading

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Sale of Hudson River Park air rights advances

March 20, 2014- Crain’s reports, “The Hudson River Park Trust and community groups are set to meet with the City Planning Commission next week to

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Bob Townley faces uphill battle to regain lost BPCA funds

March 20, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) board convened a meeting today and the topic of charitable donations was discussed. The board approved new guidelines on how to decide which philanthropy or community organization … Continue reading

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Construction contracts by Port Authority trigger federal subpoenas of the conflicted chairman

March  18, 2014- The NYT reports, “Federal prosecutors in New Jersey subpoenaed records last week relating to potential conflicts of interest involving the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey chairman, David Samson, focusing on two bridge contracts worth … Continue reading

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BPCA sues Wall Street bank that employs its own board member

February 10, 2014- Bloomberg reports that the BPCA is suing numerous Wall Street banks for rigging the bond offering system back in 2003 when the BPCA raised hundreds of millions in revenue. Of note, the BPCA’s CFO, Robert Serpico, was … Continue reading

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Broadsheet continues to shill for Bob Townley’s Manhattan Youth

March 17, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD BatteryPark.TV has previously detailed the financial conflicts of interest between the local advertising flier, The Broadsheet (BS), and the subjects of its articles. Community centers and city or NGO’s that “advertise” in … Continue reading

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The BPCA needs an oversight committee

March 17, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The WSJ reports on the newly formed “Oversight Committee” for the NJ NY Port Authority, that was created after the Governor Christie “Bridegate” scandal. The article states

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Clerk of courts has Citi Bike rack blocked because it would remove private parking space

March 16, 2014- The Post reports that a new Citi Bike rack installation was blocked when it became apparent it would eliminate a private parking space for a judge. The article states, “Susanna Rojas, the clerk of the court, “threw … Continue reading

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Pier 26 updates

Update March 12, 2014- The CB1 subcommittee on Tribeca met and the HRPT updated the group on Pier 26. The restaurant is stalled, with no plans to open for at least 12-minths. BatteryPark.TV was the first source to report that … Continue reading

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