Among the 2006 and 2007 campaign contributors to the two city councilmen whose districts cover most of the territory to be rezoned under the city's so-called Jamaica Plan, two groups stand out in their donations: real estate developers and trade unions.
Between $9,850 from unions and roughly $15,000 from real estate and developer interests, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) received almost $25,000 in 2006, a year in which he disclosed $60,050 in corporate campaign contributions, according to campaign finance disclosures from the state Board of Elections.
Jamaica Plan a boon to campaigns
In 2006, City Councilmen Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) declared $16,200 in donations from individuals and partnerships, of which $2,500 came from interests associated with real estate development, according to campaign finance disclosures from the state Board of Elections. His campaign's corporate contributors that year gave a total of $17,250, of which $2,750 came from real estate groups and developers.