From the Daily News:
MANHATTAN'S dazzling new park in the sky was sucked into the mayor's race yesterday.
City Controller William Thompson, who hopes to unseat Mayor Bloomberg, condemned a lucrative no-bid city contract that would give a politically connected group exclusive rights to sell food and merchandise on the High Line park.
"It almost appears to be some sort of back-room deal," said Thompson, who called for a competitive bidding process and ordered his delegate on a city contracting board to vote against the deal. "We have seen this again and again and again from this administration, and almost every time New York City could have gotten a better deal."
The Daily News reported yesterday that backers of the nonprofit Friends of the High Line have lavished campaign contributions on city officials, including more than $100,000 for Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Three board members including High Line Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond have publicly endorsed Bloomberg's reelection, appearing on a list of gay and lesbian New Yorkers who support Bloomberg.
They are connections that Thompson said may have affected the plan to put the group in charge of food concessions.
"I don't think it hurt," Thompson said.