From the Daily News:
The head of an energy company that plans to build a manmade island off the coast of the Rockaways has donated tens of thousands of dollars to state and federal elected officials, the Daily News has learned.
Howard Bovers, chief of the Atlantic Sea Island Group, is seeking approval to build a controversial liquid natural gas terminal some 15 miles off the Atlantic coast of New York.
Campaign finance records show that Bovers has given thousands to elected officials - including Gov. Paterson, Rep. Peter King, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg - who could ease the permitting process for the island.
Bovers, who gave $5,000 to Paterson in May, said it's important "to pick and choose and find good people to support."
He would not, however, answer a question about whether the approving of the island's construction came up during his meeting with the governor.
"I don't think I even have to answer that question," Bovers said. "You're infringing on my personal life."
We'll take that as a "yes".