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April 23, 2015- BP.TV reported in January that the CB1 Chairwoman Catherine McVay Hughes was going out of her way to help local nautical companies gain more access into BPC ports, such as the Pier-A docking space and the Vesey Street slip. One of those operators was Tom Berton who owns “Manhattan by Sail” and wants CB1 blessings to dock his large Clipper City sailboat at Pier-A, despite state-funded studies that concluded Pier-A is not structurally sound for such activity.
BP.TV speculated that there must have been some sort of closed-door dealing taking place that was causing Ms. Hughes to help special interests in the ferry boat industry despite the noise from the ferries, or safety hazards to Pier-A, conflicting with the best interests of the community.
Now, it is official. Tom Berton was made a new member of the CB1. According to Downtown Express, “He is a P.T.A. member of Peck Slip School, whose new building is slated to open in the Seaport this fall, where his 6-year-old daughter is in kindergarten and his 4-year-old will go next year. Berton has gone to C.B. 1 a few times for assistance and support and “found board members to be diligent, caring and really engaged and helpful,” he said in a phone interview. Berton’s Shearwater was docking at North Cove Marina, but as it has recently switched operators, he is awaiting word.”