Tuesday, October 14, 2014

AG candidate wants Parkside Group investigated

From the Daily News:

Ramon Jimenez, a Bronx lawyer and Green Party candidate for Attorney General, called on the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate the actions of a lobbying firm representing FreshDirect in its bid to move to the Bronx.

In the complaint, filed Friday, Jimenez accuses the lobbyist, The Parkside Group, of contacting Mayor de Blasio’s office on behalf of the online grocer and not properly disclosing its activities to the ethics commission.

“We want the law followed as far as them having to record all contact they have with officials,” Jiminez told The News Friday. “It’s a concern for the people of New York, and especially to everyone in the South Bronx.”

A Parkside representative said the group was well within the boundaries of New York’s lobbying laws, and chalked up the complaint as a campaign tactic.

“We are proud to be working on a project that is creating thousands of good paying jobs in the poorest Congressional district in America, and we have always complied with all requirements of city and state lobbying laws,” said Evan Stavisky, a Parkside Group spokesman. “This is just another last-ditch political stunt.”

Isn't it interesting that a political leader who purports to represent part of Queens is actively lobbying to move jobs out of the borough?


Anonymous said...

The Parkside Group is a significant contributor to AG's Schneiderman's campaign: http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/parkside-group/c5644f1e175a429c854dfc78216e8083?cycle=2012

In exchange, Schneiderman likely will not pursue wrongdoing by Parkside, and will even protect Parkside. Schneiderman's office has already denied one journalist's request for records of the AG's investigation of illegal lobbying by Claire Shulman's LDC and Parkside's role in it. Records pertaining to Parkside are withheld, but others are not.

Anonymous said...

Toby Stavisky may have to take the hit for her son on this one. As well she should.

zee zeem said...

You don't necessarily want those trucks and their fumes in Queens. I actually feel sorry for the bronx with their sky high asthma rates.

Anonymous said...

zee zeem,

FreshDirect has never been profitable, and continues to exist because it has eaten hundreds of millions of our tax dollars thanks to mayor funsize who would throw money at almost anything that touted new technology or a crammed urban lifestyle, regardless of how shaky its business model. I don't want it at all!

Anonymous said...

I have noticed fewer and fewer Fresh Direct trucks making deliveries in Queens lately.

Anonymous said...

"....called on the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate..."
This Commission is a joke. Read the report of this past March: http://www.nycbar.org/44th-street-blog/2014/03/14/city-bar-and-common-causenew-york-find-joint-commission-on-public-ethics-not-fulfilling-mission/

Anonymous said...

here is another scam that was done also , manhattan beer threatened to move its operation to new jersey, they can do it by law but that was there threat and the state gave them 24 million in tax breaks for 26 new jobs

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see Claire Shulman and Toby Stavisky in orange jumpsuits!!!

Anonymous said...

LOL....didn't that valiant crusader Tony Avella one employ Parkside to run his campaign? Did not the same Avella once work for the late Senator Leonard Stavisky whose son Evan is tided to Parkside? Hmmmmm....let's see what comes of this investigation demand.