Category Archives: - State Government

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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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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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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