Sunday, March 06, 2011

Is the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership still under investigation for improper lobbying? Unclear

Is new state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman continuing an investigation of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership's (DBP) lobbying? I couldn't get an answer when I inquired a couple of weeks back, but the DBP, aiming to insert itself into the last Atlantic Yards lawsuit, surely has lobbied state agencies regarding Atlantic Yards.

As I wrote 10/27/10, in Cuomo has apparently put on back burner investigations of Willets Point, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership lobbying, a New York Times article that day about Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, about to win election as Governor, noted:
For example, an investigation into whether the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and some public officials violated lobbying laws in their redevelopment efforts is still unresolved after two years. (Mr. Bloomberg last month endorsed Mr. Cuomo’s campaign for governor.)
That referred to Cuomo's investigation of questionable lobbying by the Flushing-Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corporation (FWPCLDC), paid by the city to lobby for the Willets Point urban renewal plan before the City.

What about the DBP?

Previously, I suggested that the DBP, also funded in part by the city, had similarly tried to "influence legislation by propaganda or otherwise." I cited testimony by DBP representatives before the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Empire State Development Corporation.

On 10/29/09, the Times reported that the investigation had in fact gone beyond the FWPCLDC:
That investigation has expanded into the activities of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, which the city helped create in 2006 to help push through development plans following a broad rezoning of the area.
So, is that investigation still going on? Has it been dismissed? To what extent does/did it involve the Partnership's work lobbying for Atlantic Yards?

Last year, I asked the DBP, which told me to ask the Attorney General's office. I didn't get an answer from either administration, last year and last month.

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