"...less than 30 minutes before the auction began, club representative Joseph Kasper, standing in front of Hart’s bench with a cellular phone in hand, told the judge that a friend of the club was prepared to wire $100,000 into an established escrow account. The deposit, made by James Ortenzio, the former chairman of the New York Republican County Committee, displayed his legitimate interest in keeping the 99-year-old building off the auction block..."
Former Party Boss Vows To Purchase Landmark
"Councilman Dennis Gallagher (R-Middle Village) told Hart that he, along with Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills), would petition the City Council to purchase the property and turn it into a community center...But according to Jake LaSala, Gallagher’s representative at the hearing last week, neither Gallagher nor Katz could garner the momentum necessary to have their proposal seriously debated by the council."
You mean the Queen of Queens Crap and her Court Jester have no clout amongst their colleagues at the City Council? Pity...
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