Friday, January 18, 2013
MLS & Sterling donated to Peralta
From The Queens Chronicle:
Five individuals connected to contentious development projects in state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-East Elmhurst) district have donated to his borough president campaign, though his disclosures with the city’s Campaign Finance Board do not reveal the connection.
All told, two executive-level officials from the New York Mets and three from Major League Soccer contributed this month a total of $1,780 to Peralta’s campaign. They are listed by name but their employer and titles are not disclosed — as required by the CFB.
Peralta’s campaign chalked up the missing information to a clerical error brought on by a tight Jan. 15 deadline. All five donations were made on Jan. 11, a day before the disclosure period ended.
The donations come at a time when Queens residents and elected officials are considering the creation of a $350 million, 25,000-seat MLS stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, as well as a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall next to Citi Field to be built by the Mets’ parent company Sterling Equities.
The January donors with missing employment information include Sterling Equities president Saul Katz and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Peralta’s support is integral in the fruition of the mall and stadium; both proposals fall within the bounds of his district. Also, he will face a vote in the state Senate to approve replacement parkland for the 10 to 13 acres MLS plans to alienate with its stadium, if it passes the city council first.