Saturday, February 8, 2014
Real estate lobbyist is new City Planning Commissioner
From Capital New York:
Bill de Blasio has named real estate lobbyist and long time man-about-government Carl Weisbrod chair of the City Planning Commission, where he will oversee all major land use decisions in New York City.
Weisbrod's most recent job was as a partner at HR&A Advisors, a firm that has lobbied on behalf of clients with business before that same Commission: Trinity Real Estate, which succesfully sought the rezoning of Hudson Square and tangled with Occupy Wall Street over Duarte Square; and the Howard Hughes Corporation, which wants to redevelop the South Street Seaport.
HR&A has also advised Major League Soccer in its failed effort to build a soccer arena in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Before working at HR&A, he worked in-house running Trinity's real estate division.
Weisbrod, who co-chaired de Blasio's mayoral transition, has deep experience in planning and real estate issues.
Under Ed Koch, he headed up 42nd Street Development Project.
"Lo and behold, go to 42nd Street today and see what Carl Weisbrod's vision led to," said de Blasio today, during a press conference at City Hall.
He went on to take on the top staff job at the Koch's City Planning Commission, and then he became founding president of the Economic Development Corporation under Mayor David Dinkins.
Amanda Burden doesn't seem all that bad now, does she?