Friday, December 22, 2017

Corey Johnson has friends in the real estate industry

From Crains:

Several high-powered real estate firms invested heavily in the political fortunes of Greenwich Village Democrat Corey Johnson, who emerged Wednesday as the apparent next speaker of the City Council.

Officials of the Related Cos., DDG Partners, the Property Markets Group and others gave generously to Johnson's campaign. (Corporate entities cannot contribute directly to candidates.) Johnson secured the support of the majority of his peers by courting the Democratic Party bosses of Queens and the Bronx, and by winning the endorsement of the powerful Hotel Trades Council. The city's legislature wields vast influence over zoning and land-use decisions, and the speaker controls the body's affairs.

To win the necessary backing to lead the council, Johnson donated heavily to his colleagues' campaigns and to the coffers of Bronx and Queens power brokers, and for that purpose he amassed $505,818 this election cycle. Crain's found that more than $63,000 came from real estate interests. Additional funds flowed in from figures in the construction and hotel industry.

16 comments:

JQ LLC said...

Can't think of a better hack to represent the preferred constituency of New York City, being the predatory developer donors and advantageous landlords, than this deadbeat and patronage doling jerk. The speaker basically had an airbnb style pad in the last decade.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/landlord-pal-illegal-tax-break-nyc-pol-rented-home-article-1.3636027

It's never gonna stop will it. This wretched appointment gets a lot worse (and funny in a way) and immensely shady because the council approved this while de Faustio was in Iowa.

Anonymous said...

well JVB is not a happy camper he thought it was a shoe-in for him -- so he is the same he is taking kickbacks also a disgrace -

Anonymous said...

The backstory is Crowley got cut in on the deal, so now he has his patronage and his control...the next four years are going to really suck folks

Anonymous said...


I don't understand. If Crowley has the control, Queens wins!

Anonymous said...

So which Council member is not a friend of the real estate industry and will resist their bidding?

Anonymous said...

"I don't understand. If Crowley has the control, Queens wins!"

Virginny Joe does not care about Queens, he does not live in Queens and he doesn't "mangia" in Queens.

Christ, his children speak with a Southern accent not a Queens one, y'all.

Anonymous said...

Of course he does. Why do you think any of them run for that job...

ron s said...

Not looking good for anyone except developers for the next four years. Not a surprise.

Tommy Efreeti said...

"Taxpayers for an Affordable New York"..(REBNY affil. PAC)

Gotta love this mind-screw/NewSpeak names...
http://www.elections.state.ny.us:8080/plsql_browser/getfiler2?filerid_in=A19380

Nice tidbit, JQ...now if only someone in gov't actually cared about that...

Anonymous said...

Not surprised. Politicians are owned by REBNY.

Anonymous said...

He looks like another shady one.

Anonymous said...

The Monkey is back ! :-)

Anonymous said...

This guy is in Crowley's pocket...plus he's a real bully and a snake

Anonymous said...

Donald Mannis reincarnated,he has that look.

Anonymous said...

He's not even appointed yet, and already he is corrupt and incompetent! Likewise, Bill de BLASS-hole is gearing up for a presidential run, when he wasn't even fit for a toll booth collector. And, then there is the 'OTHER' narcissistic, egomaniac up in Albany, who thinks that he is likewise presidential material. Here is the reason for why no one votes anymore:

❝Voting has become a farce, if indeed it was ever anything else. By voting, the people decide only which of the oligarchs pre-selected for them as viable candidates will wield the whip used to flog them and will command the legion of willing accomplices who perpetrate the countless violations of the people's natural rights.❞ ―Robert Higgs

❝Voting is not an act of political freedom. It is an act of political conformity. Those who refuse to vote are not expressing silence. They are screaming in the politician's ear: 'You do not represent me. This is not a process in which my voice matters. I do not believe you.'❞ ―Wendy McElroy

❝It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.❞ ―Upton Sinclair

❝Never be deceived into believing that the rich will permit anyone to vote away their wealth.❞ —Lucy Parsons

❝If you're not careful the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.❞ —Malcolm X

❝We hang the petty thieves and elect the great ones to public office.❞ —Aesop

❝The Earth is not dying, it is being killed. And, the people who are killing it have names and addresses.❞ —Utah Phillips

❝Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think that we are being run by maniacs for maniacal ends, and I think that I am liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.❞ —John Lennon

❝Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.❞ — Friedrich Nietzsche

JQ LLC said...

You know what's the real kicker about this bum. That he was previously a freeloader, a hustler and an addict. Which makes him basically the perfect representative for the new constituency of this city (your city), the hipshits and the transient poor from other states. In addition to being a unrepentant stooge and shill for real estate to be the spokesperson for the gentrification industrial complex.