Category Archives: - State Government

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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Should the HRPT be patting themselves on the back?

September 21, 2013- Opinion By Steven E. Greer, MD The Friends of Hudson River Park” is throwing a “Robin Hood” style gala on October 3rd at Pier 57. The event will “honor” Goldman Sachs and Michael Novogratz (Chairman of “Friends”, … Continue reading

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Wealthy tenants at 22 River Houses being evicted as building converts to condo

Update March 11, 2014- It seems that Big Real Estate will win in this dispute. The main vocal opposition, Seth Kyle, gave up and signed a lease in a FiDi apartment. When asked whether anyone else had organized and planned … Continue reading

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BPCA’s new community liaison Robin Forst carries on the Anne Fenton ways

) March 11, 2014- By Steven E. Greer In the eBroadsheet today (BS) today, Matt Fenton writes about the large renter population that makes BPC unique from Tribeca, where most people own their apartments. He makes no mention of the … Continue reading

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Federal Prosecutors Seek Records on Port Authority Chairman

March 11, 2014- The WSJ reports, “Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey related to the business interests of its chairman, David Samson, people familiar with the matter said Monday.

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Inspired by BP.TV, Gateway tenants take action into their own hands

March 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD BatteryPark.TV has been the only source to report on the conflicts of interest of the leaders of the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association (GPTA) that have led to inaction in correcting the poor … Continue reading

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

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Powerful New York State Assemblyman convicted

March 6, 2014- The NY Times reports, “William F. Boyland Jr., an assemblyman from one of Brooklyn’s most prominent political families, was convicted on Thursday of bribery and several other federal crimes…..The subsequent four-week trial in Federal District Court featured … Continue reading

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Using shell company 501c non-profits is common form of corruption

March 6, 2014- The recent conviction of a New York State Assemblyman, William Boyland, details how elected officials and others in the power grid on New York love to form noble sounding non-profits as tax-exempt 501c’s then funnel money from … Continue reading

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Letter from viewer to Governor Cuomo about the BPCA

Dear Governor Cuomo, There have been numerous attempts to address the duplicitous behavior at Battery Park City Authority, none of which have resulted in the taxpayers or employees getting justifiable answers.  Maybe they have been pacified with answers but not … Continue reading

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Once again, no elected officials show up for crucial BPC CB1 vote

March 5, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Last night at the CB1 BPC meeting, perhaps the most important vote in years took place. The CB1 rubberstamped a 4:00 AM liquor license for the Poulakakos group to run Pier A like … Continue reading

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Do Community Boards violate the NY State Open Meeting laws with secret sessions?

March 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The New York Community Board (CB) members have long discouraged discourse from the public during meetings. However, according to the New York Open Meeting Law, that seems illegal. BatteryPark.TV requested through the Freedom … Continue reading

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One year later, and no progress on Gateway Plaza freezing conditions

Update January 3, 2014- It has been a year since the last big meeting with LeFrak. Nothing has improved. Read more about this scandal, below. Is the GPTA and local elected officials really looking out for you, or are they … Continue reading

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Hollywood set to oppose Hillary Clinton again

January 25, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD In 2007, Hollywood powerbroker David Geffen gave an interview to the New York Time’s Maureen Dowd, which could have been the deciding factor that propelled Barack Obama into the White House. At … Continue reading

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

January 22, 2014- The press is reporting that Governor Cuomo does not want Mayor Bill de Blasio to raise taxes to pay for universal pre-K classes. The governor even offered to make $1.5 Billion available to the city to obviate … Continue reading

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City DOE treats Sheldon Silver like a lame duck

March 1, 2014- A local blog reported on the most recent “Sheldon Silver Overcrowding Task Force”. The article stated, “Silver himself had asked Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña for an amendment to the plan that would at least double the number … Continue reading

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Letter: Sick and tired of the unending helicopter noise

January 4, 2014- By Delia von Neuschatz Our elected officials have accomplished absolutely zero in mitigating the tourist helicopter issue since air tours moved to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in 2008 after they were banned from using the East 34th … 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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Gale Brewer sends strong message that her administration will be different

February 26, 2014- By Steven E. Greer At the February 25th CB1 meeting, elected officials made a rare appearance to discuss their new Seaport Task Force. Prior to the Fall 2013 elections, under the leadership of City Council’s Margaret Chin, … Continue reading

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Governor Cuomo subpoenas state lawmakers

February 24, 2014- The WSJ reports, “A New York state commission investigating public corruption has issued subpoenas to more than 20 entities in the past month, including state lawmakers, their campaign committees and vendors paid through campaign accounts, according to … Continue reading

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WSJ and AP report on BPCA’s new President

January 30, 2014- The WSJ (via the AP) covered our story about the newly appointed president of the BPCA, Shari Hyman, posing conflicts of interest,

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The Bayonne wind turbine is turning

February 22, 2014- The Bayonne, New Jersey wind turbine is now turning, we noticed. It is six miles away, and 260 feet tall. Apparently, it went online in June of 212, and we never noticed.

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Lower Taxes Seen for Nonresidents Who Own Property in New York

February 21, 2014- The WSJ reports, “A new decision from New York’s highest court makes it less likely that out-of-state residents who own houses or apartments in New York will be forced to pay city and state income taxes.”

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CB1′s Anthony Notaro complains about BPCA spending money on BPC

February 19, 2014- By Steven E Greer The Downtown Express reported on the BPCA board meeting of February 18. The BPCA updated the public on the plans to repair the Wagner Park bathrooms. This work project was discussed in public … Continue reading

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Chaos at the BPCA

Update February 15, 2014- A source in an investigative division of the federal government recently told BatteryPark.TV, “We are following (the BPCA). The FBI is aware of it too.”. This was during a conversation about the BPCA’s application for FEMA … Continue reading

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Sheldon Silver unable to get a traffic light for PS 276

February 14, 2014- A blast email from Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office proudly states that his office was able to have the City DOT install a stop sign in front of PS 276, in the wake of the crossing guard being … Continue reading

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Letter: BPCA is a Greek fiefdom

I think that nobody is happy with this ongoing process within the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA). They fire people making below $50,000, but then they re-hire for the same position people with little different title but with double the … Continue reading

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BPC resident writes letter to Governor Cuomo and BPCA Chairman

September 10, 2013- By BPC resident (name withheld) Dear BPCA Chairman/CEO, Dennis Mehiel, BPCA continues to be an uneasy environment for its employees.  With the departure of President Demetrios Boutris, there are many rumors flying about that should be addressed … Continue reading

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Is Sheldon Silver really fighting for more schools?

  December 3, 2013- By Steven E. Greer MD Some of State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s proudest accomplishments are the new schools that he takes credit for building. He even has a School Overcrowding Task Force that is finding ways … Continue reading

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The reason deadly cab drivers keep their TLC licenses

February 10, 2014- The WSJ reports that New York State and City have very narrow definitions of vehicular homicide, including only people driving while drink or on drugs. Therefore, many dangerous drivers with past histories of deadly crashes continue to … Continue reading

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Feckless CB1 and Sheldon Silver fail to bring new schools Downtown, again

Update February 7, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The new City DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced revisions to the old Bloomberg plan for new schools, and Downtown “aint gettin nothin”, so to speak. Despite Downtown Manhattan being one of the … Continue reading

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Gristedes to be inspected by the state again

February, 3, 2014- In response to reports of ongoing frozen food and produce quality problems, the New York State Agriculture Department (which oversees grocery stores) will “…conduct a full sanitary inspection of this firm promptly”. The frozen foods are melting, … Continue reading

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It just became more difficult to use a non-profit for personal gain in New York

January 12, 2014- By Steven E. Greer There are certain templates for corruption commonly used by schmucks in New York. As previously reported, one of them is to form a “community center”. The awarding of   construction and other operational contracts … Continue reading

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