If you're an elected official in NYC, you know better than to have lobbyists contact you directly through the city e-mail system. The smart way is to have them send correspondence to a Yahoo e-mail account used by one of your employees. And speaking of employees:
What does Councilman Dennis Gallagher do when half of his staff is out? Answer: the same thing he does when his office is fully staffed. Nothing - except make backroom deals with foreign developers who want to tear down our history.
A shout out to NY Magazine, who posted this on their Intelligencer blog today...
Maspeth: Councilman Dennis "Pinky" Gallagher (yeah, the one indicted for rape) says he really tried to save a historic church here rather than sell it out to developers, but locals say he's a lying S.O.B.
And then there's this from Curbed:
Maspeth's St. Saviour's church, so brutally stripped of its trees and greens as a big "F-you!" to area residents who were fighting like mad to save the property and turn it into a park, appears finally headed for —wait for it— residential development. The Daily News reports that embattled Councilman Dennis Gallagher — who residents have argued is acting in collusion with the St. Saviour's developers — has been secretly lobbying city officials to push ahead approval of the plan to build 70 new units on the 1.5-acre property. Gallagher denies it, and says he's done everything he can to preserve the property, but multiple sources say that's not the case. Queens, everybody!