From the NY Post:
An aide to Council Speaker Christine Quinn is living large after helping push through the development of a Hell’s Kitchen luxury building — then landing a coveted affordable apartment there.
Danielle DeCerbo, 33, moved into Gotham West with her wife and their two children after her application for a “middle-income” pad was approved this summer.
Described by colleagues as a tenacious negotiator for the city, DeCerbo scored one of 682 affordable apartments — out of nearly 30,000 applicants — in a housing lottery after working on the West 45th Street development as a staffer on the council’s land-use division.
“For her to benefit from any project she negotiated or worked on, it’s just unseemly,” a political insider told The Post.
Another person with knowledge of the project said DeCerbo was “very much in the driver’s seat” during the years of bargaining over the four-building Gotham West complex.
The $520 million, 1,238-unit complex near 11th Avenue is the result of the 2005 Hudson Yards rezoning, which promised neighbors low-income housing in exchange for office and residential towers on Manhattan’s West Side.
DeCerbo, who earned $85,913 in 2012, also helped secure new offices and housing south of Gotham West, after Mayor Bloomberg’s push to build a football stadium failed.
DeCerbo was selected in the lottery for 530 W. 45th St. with wife Erin Kaiser, 34, a former aide to Manhattan Assemblyman Dick Gottfried who made $34,806 last year.
The affordable building includes a fitness center, children’s playroom, laundry room and courtyard space.
HPD and City Council representatives say DeCerbo won her apartment fair and square.