A band serenaded the crowd with bomba drums and Mayor de Blasio praised her progressive credentials.
What the attendees likely didn’t know was that nearly all of the celebration was paid for by real estate developers that rely on city approval for their projects and unions that have lobbied City Hall for “living wage” laws.
Records show 87% of the $30,000 Mark-Viverito raised for her party came from three developers — the Witkoff Group, Marathon Development and Lighthouse Group LLC — and three unions that hired one of her campaign aides as a lobbyist.
The inauguration fete took place Jan. 30 in the auditorium of Hostos Community College in the Bronx. There was catered food, fresh flowers and two artists hired to paint public art in the plaza outside.
Mark-Viverito paid for all this by setting up an inauguration committee that accepted donations. Starting in December, she raised $30,000 and spent $27,000, according to records. Of that, $26,500 came from the developers and unions.
And $6,500 came from three unions — the New York Hotel & Motel Workers, Plumbers Local 1 and Hotel Workers Local 6 — that have pushed for the living wage laws recently enacted by the City Council. Mark-Viverito has pushed to expand the laws even further.
The Witkoff Group and the three unions have all hired the lobbyist group Pitta, Bishop, Del Giorno and Giblin to press City Hall for various causes. One of the firm's partners, Vito Pitta, was a “liaison” to Mark-Viverito’s campaign.