If Cuomo has "the strictest" campaign finance policy in the state, shouldn't he give back Bruce Ratner's $5000 contribution?
(Cuomo is widely believed to be running for governor.)
Cuomo's gift from Bruce Ratner
Well, why hasn't Cuomo returned the $5000 he received on 2/4/09 from developer Bruce Ratner of Forest City Ratner? (Click on graphics to enlarge.)
While Ratner did not have a matter pending directly before Cuomo's office, Ratner's company was a defendant in a pending case challenging the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Yards.
Co-defendants in an AY case
So too was the state Public Authorities Control Board, represented by Cuomo. The decision, as shown below, didn't emerge until 2/26/09. So their interests were closely aligned.
Yes, it's not an example of a direct decision by Cuomo.
But if the Attorney General, who has a vast lead over Governor David Paterson in fundraising--$16 million to $3 million, as of last month--wants to avoid the widespread perception that the real estate industry has an inside track, shouldn't he give the money back?
Also, Cuomo has since been asked to investigate Atlantic Yards and the Brooklyn Arena Local Development Corporation.