As part of Mayor de Blasio’s drive to help Democrats retake the state Senate, a key de Blasio fundraiser hit up a city developer for a suggested contribution of $50,000, an email obtained by the Daily News shows.
The solicitation made the developer “feel uncomfortable” in part because he deals with the city on permitting and other land-use issues, a person who spoke with him said.
“He wasn’t sure how to play it because he has business with the city,” the source said. “While he likes the mayor, he doesn’t feel the Senate Democrats are friendly to the real estate industry.”
It was not immediately clear Wednesday if the developer, who did not wish to be identified, made the donation. His name is not listed among the donors whose contributions already have been reported to the state Board of Elections.
Earlier Wednesday, The News reported that another major player in the city's business community, supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis, gave $50,000 to the Democrats’ cause after de Blasio asked him for help.
Catsimatidis said he ponied up because he does business in the city and “I just wanted to show an indication I was willing to work with” de Blasio.
De Blasio is leading a coalition of unions and activists fighting for Democratic control of the Senate. The solicitations show the extent to which the mayor is putting his political and fund-raising muscle behind the effort.