From the Neighborhood Retail Alliance:
In our view, aside from the legality of the group's main activity, an investigation needs to focus on who is funding-and will potentially benefit from the LDC's lobbying activities. Because we read that: "In July, the city-funded group was fined a record $59,090 because Shulman forgot to register as a lobbyist. The fines will be paid from private donations, not city funds, Shulman's spokesman said."
Are these private funds coming from real estate firms with an eye on the Willets Point properties? If so, who are they, and how much are these, "private funds," also supporting a lobbying effort that will-potentially-accrue to their benefit? All of these firms, in our view, should be registered as lobbying the city-and the use of the LDC subterfuge shouldn't be allowed to cover up the intentions of predatory real estate scavengers. The entire situation has the redolence of an episode of The Sopranos.