The Committee to Save Willets Point, which includes more than 100 small businesses in the so-called Iron Triangle, said they were misled and misrepresented by the nonprofit organization ACORN.
The committee's president, Arturo Olaya, said many of his members paid ACORN's membership dues - $10 a month - in return for help in negotiating their relocation as the city promotes its sweeping Willets Point redevelopment plan.
But Olaya said he and his members became furious this month during a meeting with Deputy Mayor Robert Lieber. At that meeting, Olaya said, ACORN threatened to break off negotiations if the city did not promise to make 60% of the project's units affordable.
"They were always trying to put words in our mouths," Olaya said, adding that his members' main concern is to have their businesses relocated.
Interest groups split after squabble over affordable housing at Willets Point