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Daily News Story on “Influence Peddlers”

Today, The Daily News has a story on “the bonanza for lobbyists” in West Side projects. Apparently, the News had to employ the “I-Team: special investigations” unit to uncover the fact that the developers involved with Moynihan Station and Hudson Yards pay lobbyists. Here is the report on the Garden:

“None of the West Side players has spent more on lobbyists than Madison Square Garden — $2.9 million on 14 companies since 2004, records show. The Garden’s army of lobbyists helped defeat Mayor Bloomberg’s Jets Stadium plans and worked to slam the lid on plans to expand the Javits Convention Center. Now, they’re lobbying federal officials for funding and going after city officials on zoning issues related to the move into the Farley Building. Their efforts to continue the arena’s property tax exemption, worth $300 million over the past 25 years, make it apparent the Garden is willing to spend to get what it wants. The Garden has hired some of the state’s highest-paid lobbyists: Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Patricia Lynch Associates, Greenberg Traurig and Kasirer Consulting. Lynch, a former top aide to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, reported $633,000 in fees from the arena from 2004 to last year. Silver’s opposition killed the Jets Stadium, which would have competed with the Garden.”

Read “Influence Peddlers Cash in Big Time on Manhattan’s West Side Properties,” by Brian Kates for The Daily News