Wednesday, January 25, 2017

De Blasio fundraiser asked for zoning change


From DNA Info:

The night club impresario and beauty product wholesaler whose employees made suspicious donations to Bill de Blasio's campaign threw a fundraiser in 2013 for the future mayor under a bogus name and two years later met with City Hall officials about rezoning a Queens property that he wanted to turn into a hotel, DNAinfo New York has learned.

Sm-Ali "Alex" Amanollahi — whom DNAinfo wrote about last spring for his connection to possible straw donations and for losing money to accused fraudster Hamlet Peralta — co-hosted a fundraiser in October 2013 at a club under the name Alex Amano, sources said. In total Amanollahi, his employees, family and friends gave at least $55,000 to de Blasio's campaign and transition committee in 2013, records show.

Two years after the fundraiser, Amanollahi hit up City Hall officials with help in rezoning his property at 23-04 94th St. in East Elmhurst, sources said.

The rezoning discussions took place in 2015 and 2016. The talks involved Amanollahi, who was going by Alex Amano, meeting with deputy mayor Alicia Glen's chief of staff, James Patchett, and one of her senior advisors, Steven Caputo, at City Hall, according to sources.

However, in April 2016, Amanollahi decided not to move forward with the rezoning because of the costs involved, including hiring a lobbyist to interact with the local community, legal fees and producing an environmental impact study, sources said.

Amanollahi's decision to scrap his hotel plan also came around the time that the media began reporting about federal investigators looking into possible pay-for-favor schemes involving the NYPD and de Blasio's fundraising.

4 comments:

(sarc) said...

Sounds like many of the Donors to the Madame Secretary HiLlEry Diane Rodham Clinton campaign and The Clinton Foundation.

Bad investments, you must be cautious where you put your moneys!

They are not getting what they paid for either...

JQ LLC said...

"The rezoning discussions took place in 2015 and 2016. The talks involved Amanollahi, who was going by Alex Amano, meeting with deputy mayor Alicia Glen's chief of staff, James Patchett, and one of her senior advisors, Steven Caputo, at City Hall, according to sources."

Alicia "the Fixer" Glen, former banker at the great vampire squid goldman sachs, is pretty slick using her minions to make this deal with a small time huckster compared to the mega-predatory developers she prefers to schmooze with like the valentas, the ratners and possibly the senior advisor to the President of the United States. That way her two underlings will bear the brunt of whatever initial charges come down once Preet gets the warrants ready for the De Faustio administration.

I wonder what this fraud, "Alex", planned to do with these hotels if they were going to be approved. It might be safe to assume that if business was a bit slow, he could have reaped the financial largesse of the city's emergency housing program usage of these venues. Perhaps some muckraking is required of other philanthropic fauxgressive types that donated to CONY, like the non-profits, hotel chain CEO's, lobbyists, vulture equity groups and the predatory developers.

Although I set to try, no one is better at Crappy to reveal this, re: Maspeth.


Chrysis Elgie said...

Sounds like doing business with Bill de Blasio is a fantastic deal. Donate $55,000 to his campaign and get millions of dollars in tax rebates in return. NYC government hasn't been so good since Boss Tweed.

Anonymous said...

Pay to play!
So, what else is new in politics?
Now that we have a dictator fake president, maybe things will improve.
I hear that the Sunnyside Rail yards are being filled with cattle cars.
Off to the work camps.
Mach shnell!