Give back Extell "Poor Door" campaign donations
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Following controversies that Extell Development Company had been subpoenaed by the Moreland Commission and that Extell won approval from City Hall to legally segregate low-income residents to use a separate "poor door" as a building entrance, why are Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo keeping campaign contributions from Extell ?
Extell is also the developer of the $2 billion luxury highrise known as One57 in Midtown Manhattan. This 75-story skyscraper is expected to cast shadows that, with other, nearby highrises, threaten to turn Central Park into Central Dark, according to The New York Daily News. One57 is the controversial building for which Extell made large campaign contributions to the campaign committee of Gov. Cuomo in apparent exchange for receiving $35 million worth of tax breaks. Wealthy developers, like Extell, are misusing New York's 421-a property tax exemption program for billion dollar luxury condominium projects in order to spur sales from incentives typically reserved for buildings in that area which offer affordable housing, which One57 does not.
By some estimates, Mayor de Blasio accepted over $18,000 in campaign contributions from Extell, related entities, or related individuals. For his part, Gov. Cuomo accepted over $300,000 in campaign contributions from Extell-related donors, according to some press reports.
In respect of Mayor de Blasio, this is the second time advocates for government reform have urged him to return campaign contributions from firms subpoenaed by the Moreland Commission. In August 2013, mayoral candidate Sal Albanese called on his opponents, including Mr. de Blasio, to return these monies.
If not for the reason that Extell was the target of investigation by the Moreland Commission before the panel was disbanded, then for the reason that Extell is forcing low-income residents to use a segregated entrance -- also known as a "poor door" -- Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo need to disgorge Extell's campaign contributions.
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