Category Archives: - State Government

The real reason Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are butting heads

Update: October 26, 2014- Governor Cuomo’s decision to quarantine people flying in from African Ebola hot spots was made without

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West Thames “Sheldon Silver” Bridge going nowhere fast

October 23, 2014- By Steven E. Greer With a new City Comptroller watching over BPCA and City funds,

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Exclusive: Female BPCA employee who complained of sexual harassment “quits”

September 27, 2014- By Steven E. Greer In May of this year, a BPCA employee, Kirk Swanson, who oversaw the contracts and RFP process, was fired for allegedly not agreeing to

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Confirmed: Friends of Governor Cuomo want to run North Cove Marina

October 10, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV exclusively reported that Brookfield Properties was one of the RFP applicants vying for control of North Cove Marina. DNAinfo is now

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BPCA violates anti-nepotism laws to make internal investigation go away, whistleblower claims

September 25, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BPCA Chairman and CEO Dennis Mehiel came into office on June 20, 2012. The President serving him at the time was Gayle Horwitz.

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BPCA board circles the wagons to support CFO Robert Serpico

October 23, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Yesterday, at 9:00 AM, the BPCA board convened for a public meeting.

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Tone-deaf BPCA President Shari Hyman hires liaison to JCOPE despite being married to head of JCOPE

October 16, 2014- By Steven E. Greer We can’t make this up, folks. The BPCA President,

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Exclusive: BatteryPark.TV obtains sexually inappropriate emails sent by CFO Robert Serpico to BPCA staff

October 21, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV previously reported on the decades-long pattern of sexual harassment by the powerful CFO of the BPCA, Mr. Robert Serpico.

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Exclusive: BPCA execs award themselves 29% salary hike

August 7, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Without any public comment, the Battery Park City Authority board approved double-digit hikes in salaries for senior

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State and City DOT do nothing to open bike path

Update October 18, 2014- This is why the city and Brookfield are not opening the bike path. It is convenient for them to store their supplies. Meanwhile, the tens of thousands of peasants who live here and pay taxes suffer. … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Embattled BPCA President Shari Hyman fights back against board member

October 17, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV seems to have wreaked havoc

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Sheldon Silver writes letter in support of Mike Fortenbaugh’s marina

October 16, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The most powerful man in New York State politics, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, has written a letter of support for Mike Fortenbaugh to

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Exclusive: Your building is likely rent stabilized and you had no idea

June 18, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD Tom Goodkind, Community Board 1 member and resident of Gateway plaza, has been a long-time activist for affordable housing.

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It’s time for a BPCA corruption probe

May 10, 2014- The Post reports, “The head of the Port Authority has ordered a top-to-bottom internal probe by the agency’s inspector general to investigate claims of corruption in a lawsuit filed by the former No. 2 cop, The Post … Continue reading

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BPCA hires separate security for Pier-A, not Poulakakos

September 23, 2014- By Steven E. Greer In an admission of the ineptness of the city-parks-contracted PEP force, which already costs the BPCA several million dollars per year,

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BPCA responds to BP.TV, addresses infrastructure repairs budgeted but not happening

July 1, 2014- By Steven E. Greer As a direct result of the BatteryPark.TV investigative report that showed most of the budgeted infrastructure repair projects for 2014 have not yet begun, the BPCA went over a list of programs at … Continue reading

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BPCA President’s husband asked to investigate Sheldon Silver

September 25, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics

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BP.TV asks Chairman of NYSLA how they handle rogue community boards

May 6, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV attended the Manhattan Community Board joint meeting that featured as panelists the top officers of the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA).

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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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Exclusive: BPCA ordered geothermal well to be built despite failed tests

August 1, 2014- By Steven E. Greer At the July 31st BPCA board meeting, the main topic of discussion was the money-pit of a problem at the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy headquarters on Battery Place: The geothermal well that … Continue reading

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