Monday, February 11, 2008

From Cleveland, Forest City shows Spitzer some love

While Bruce Ratner hasn't made any political contributions lately (though Forest City Ratner has done so), the state campaign finance database also shows that five executives from parent Forest City Enterprises have gotten in on the act. Charles Ratner, Ronald Ratner, Brian Ratner, Deborah Ratner Salzberg, and James Ratner on 10/2/07 each gave $1000 to the 2010 campaign of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who has readily supported Atlantic Yards.

All but Ratner Salzberg, who's based in the Washington, DC-area, work in Cleveland.

A law firm comes through

The law firm Bryan Cave, which has defended the Empire State Development Corporation in the case challenging the Atlantic Yards environmental review, contributed nearly $10,000 to Spitzer in 19 installments, all on 12/17/07.

Bryan Cave has contracts worth more than $6 million to provide legal services regarding the Moynihan Station project and had been paid, according to a report at least several months out of date, nearly $1 million for its work on Atlantic Yards. The figure is undoubtedly much larger.

In New Rochelle

Also, each of the Forest City Enterprises quintet on 8/21/07 gave $1000 to the campaign of New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. A Forest City affiliate is working on a $500 million project, Echo Bay, in New Rochelle.

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