A Queens City Councilman is slapping Mayor de Blasio with a lawsuit charging that he was illegally shut out of a conservancy formed for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Councilman Rory Lancman says de Blasio barred him from choosing a board member because he’s not a political pal — and broke city law that requires such conservancies to have a rep for each Council district that covers part of the park.
“I represent almost half of Flushing Meadows Park, and because I’m not a political ally of the mayor...I don’t get an appointment,” Lancman said. “It’s a private, off the books scheme for funding projects in Flushing Meadows Park without the representation that is required.”
The United States Tennis Association, in a deal to win approval for the expansion of its tennis center in the park, is contributing $350,000 a year for the next three years, and then $200,000 annually for 20 years after that for the conservancy.
De Blasio announced the new conservancy for the 900-acre park in November — but only Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, a mayoral ally, got to fill a seat on the board.