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Post: expected next Council chief of staff worked until recently for lobbying powerhouse Kasirer (including on Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park)

Business as usual. The New York Post's Anna Sanders reported yesterday, in Council speaker’s next chief of staff was a top lobbyist:
Speaker Corey Johnson is expected to promote an ex-lobbyist to become the Council’s powerful chief of staff.
Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Goldman, once a top lobbyist with the city’s most profitable firm, is poised to replace his boss Ramon Martinez, several Council members told the Post.
The chief of staff advises lawmakers, keeps Council members in line and whips votes. Martinez was the Council’s highest paid employee, making $235,512 last year, and is headed for a gig at Chase bank.
Before Johnson first hired Goldman this winter, he had no experience in city government. Goldman was a VP at Kasirer, which made $11.48 million last year, and worked for the United Federation of Teachers. His Kasirer clients included real estate interests like Brookfield Properties and Forest City Ratner, plus the Hotel Association of New York.
Goldman was hired in February, City & State reported. Kasirer typically leads city lobbying shops in revenue, as the Post noted in March.

Helping Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park & condo tax break

As shown in the screenshot below, from the city's lobbying database, Kasirer lobbyists, including Goldman, lobbied various city entities, including:
  • Buildings, Department of (DOB), Rick Chandler
  • Public Advocate, Leticia [sic] James
  • Housing Preservation & Development, Department of (HPD), Maria Torres-Springer
  • Finance, Department of (DOF), Jacques Jiha
  • NYC Council Members Stephen Levin - District No. 33
  • NYC Council Members Laurie Cumbo - District No. 35
  • City Legislative Affairs, Mayor's Office of, Jon-Paul Lupo
Kasirer was paid $8,000 a month, or $96,000 over the year. One issue the firm worked on--though I'm not sure of Goldman's specific role--was the successful shift in 421-a tax benefits, linking two disparate towers into one zoning lot, saving buyers of condos at 550 Vanderbilt what I estimated as $50 million in taxes.

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