From the Queens Courier:
Governor David A. Paterson pledged more than $1.5 million to a Queens development corporation seeking to clean up and reclaim the Flushing riverfront.
The grant, announced Wednesday, October 7, is part of the state’s broader Brownfield Opportunities Area Program (BOAP), an initiative to clean up abandoned properties that may pose environmental threats because of contamination.
The Flushing-Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corp. (FWPCLDC) received the largest sum out of the more than $10 million worth of grants to begin research and planning for its Flushing riverfront project. The project is an effort to clean up and redevelop the land along the Flushing River, according to Claire Shulman, President and CEO of FWPCLDC.
With the $1,505,700 provided by the state, FWPCLDC can initiate studies to determine what needs to be done to clean up the riverfront, and what can ultimately be built there, according to Harry Giannoulis, President of the Parkside Group, a consulting firm that helped FWPCLDC to apply for the state grant.
I guess the fact that Shulman's group was fined for illegal lobbying didn't stop them from continuing to use the Parkside Group to lobby some more. And I also suppose that our esteemed governor had no problem with doling out "honest graft" to them despite this. (Notice how Vicky's paper neglects to mention all that.) The corruption with regards to Willets Point doesn't stop at our two-bit pols from Queens, our city council or our mayor. It stinks way up in Albany as well.
The land Claire wants cleaned up on the other side of the Flushing River? Owned by Fulton/Max International Holdings which really seems to like Gary Ackerman. Oh, one last thing: Fulton/Max is a company owned by F & T Group (aka TDC Development).