Friday, January 18, 2013

MLS & Sterling donated to Peralta

From The Queens Chronicle:

Five individuals connected to contentious development projects in state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-East Elmhurst) district have donated to his borough president campaign, though his disclosures with the city’s Campaign Finance Board do not reveal the connection.

All told, two executive-level officials from the New York Mets and three from Major League Soccer contributed this month a total of $1,780 to Peralta’s campaign. They are listed by name but their employer and titles are not disclosed — as required by the CFB.

Peralta’s campaign chalked up the missing information to a clerical error brought on by a tight Jan. 15 deadline. All five donations were made on Jan. 11, a day before the disclosure period ended.

The donations come at a time when Queens residents and elected officials are considering the creation of a $350 million, 25,000-seat MLS stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, as well as a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall next to Citi Field to be built by the Mets’ parent company Sterling Equities.

The January donors with missing employment information include Sterling Equities president Saul Katz and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

Peralta’s support is integral in the fruition of the mall and stadium; both proposals fall within the bounds of his district. Also, he will face a vote in the state Senate to approve replacement parkland for the 10 to 13 acres MLS plans to alienate with its stadium, if it passes the city council first.


Anonymous said...

Oh. Is that so? What a surprise.

Anonymous said...

More proof, that you've got to be shady, and on the payroll of developers, to run for borough president!


Anonymous said...

BOHICA Bend over here it comes again!

Face it MLS and the ruling class will get their soccer field in Queens.

Let the little people eat cake.

Anonymous said...

poster 3: a little early to throw in the towel. Project has a lot of problems that may not be overcome.

poster 2: Avella's raised 7 grand for his run. Vallone's raised a million.

Fitzroy said...

The problem that Senators and Assemblypersons is the cost of campaigns. A review of their financials would show that the bulk of their monies come from developers and the building trades unions. Obviously campaign reform is necessary, but in the interim their constituents must step up to the plate and support their campaigns while simultaneously putting their feet to the fire.

Anonymous said...

during the KIM VS HALLORAN Council Dist. 19 campaign, Kim received hundreds of thousands of donation $$$$$, from the Nation and Far East.

Halloran is still in debt because of so few campaign donations.

But Halloran sold the N.E. Queens voters on voting for him. Not another carpet-bagger.