Category Archives: - State Government

Huge conflict of interest created by the BPCA hiring new President Shari Hyman

January 29, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD During the BPCA board meeting yesterday, Chairman/CEO Dennis Mehiel announced that the new President and COO of the BPCA will be Shari Hyman, starting the next month. The board voted and approved … Continue reading

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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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BPCA intentionally allowed Pier A to flood, collects FEMA money

October 28, 2013- By Steven E. Greer During the October 22nd meeting of the BPCA board, Chairman/CEO Dennis Mehiel made it public record that the BPCA internally allowed Pier A to flood during Hurricane Sandy. Mr. Mehiel explained an anecdote, … Continue reading

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BPCA fails to mention $7.5 million budget item during public meeting

June 21, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The controversial West Thames pedestrian bridge project is a proposed $30 Million bridge to span the West Side Highway. That number was determined even before plans were drawn up, so the final bridge, … Continue reading

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Op-Ed in Crain’s by founding BPCA Chairman “BPCA should no longer exist”

May 11, 2014- In Crain’s New York, an Op-Ed by the founding Chairman of the BPCA, Charles Urstadt, once again calls for the dissolving of the BPCA, and for the city to assume control. Of note, and very timely given … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Brookfield likely to take over North Cove Marina

October 8, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV has learned from sources close to the BPCA that

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Exclusive: Have rent increases in BPC been illegal?

June 20, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV previously reported, “Exclusive: Your building is likely rent stabilized and you had no idea” in which we uncovered

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Sexual harassment at the BPCA conflicts with Governor Cuomo’s presidential ambitions

October 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The NYT has a Sunday story about Governor Cuomo trying to become the champion of women’s rights (as he eyes 2016). Meanwhile, his own Battery Park City Authority

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Who’s protecting the $40 Million Pier-A from vandalism?

October 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The BPCA recently approved the spending of an additional

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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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BPCA blames Poulakakos for Pier-A delays

September 24, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD Back on March 4th, it seemed so brilliantly machiavellian. The Poulakakos restaurant team was poised to pull off the impossible. They seemingly

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Exclusive: BPCA fires another lawyer for “asking the wrong questions”

October 2, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV has learned that yet

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The Netflix Late Reviewer: “16 Acres”: How the biggest lightning rod in the world was made

┬áSeptember 20, 2014- by Steven E. Greer “16 Acres” is an excellent documentary that describes the politics behind the rebuilding of Ground Zero, and why it has taken so long.

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The Pier A beer garden is part of a bigger city plan to turn waterfront properties into concert venues

July 15, 2015- By Steven E. Greer The controversial Pier A beer garden, that succeeded in winning the broadest and most powerful of liquor licenses and will become

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Exclusive: Lack of restrooms at 9/11 Memorial causes people to pee on buildings

July 8, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The large 9/11 Memorial park, that is now open to anyone

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Sheldon Silver spends $7.5 Million on legal defense fees, and takes it from campaign funds

July 22, 2014- The Daily News reports, “Scandal-scarred

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The reason Gov. Christie’s Lap-Band failed to result in much weight loss

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Will Mike Fortenbaugh be replaced as the North Cove Marina operator?

Update September 29, 2014- The October 7th CB1 meeting will allow Mike Fortenbaugh to deliver a presentation. September 22, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The long-time operator of the North Cove Marina has been Mike Fortenbaugh, a Princeton graduate with … Continue reading

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Mike Marcucci, producer of “16 Acres”

September 19, 2014- By Steven E. Greer We met documentary filmmaker Mike Marcucci today and he

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How to solve the death trap at Liberty and West Side Highway

September 2, 2014- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV previously reported how BPCA board member Martha Gallo essentially staged a press conference during the last meeting

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