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December 15, 2014- The NYT covered the North Cove Marina saga. Most importantly, they got some quotes from Governor Cuomo’s office, and Albany is clearly distancing itself from this unpopular decision to evict Mike Fortenbaugh.
The article states, “The governor’s office said on Monday that it had been told that the authority was going to seek new bids for the marina, as is standard when a license expires. The office said it was not aware of any details of the bidding until The New York Times asked about it. “The authority ran a comprehensive procurement process based solely on the merit of the applications and with zero input from the governor’s office,” it said in a statement.“
The article also confirmed what BatteryPark.TV had first posed as a possible outcome: that Brookfield would outsource the marina to Governor Cuomo’s personal friend, Andrew Farkas, who also owns Island Island Global Yachting, “Under Brookfield’s proposal, the marina would be operated by Island Global Yachting, which runs luxury-yacht marinas in places like St. Thomas, V.I.; Turks and Caicos; Montauk, N.Y.; and Newport, R.I.”
The Andrew Farkas controversy was also mentioned, “Both Brookfield and Island Global’s chairman, Andrew Farkas, have been generous donors to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who appointed four of the five Battery Park City Authority members, and Mr. Cuomo once worked for Island Capital Group, also run by Mr. Farkas.”
With the strong turnout of hundreds of supporters at the rally on Monday evening, and the national press coverage now on this issue, Mike Fortenbaugh might have a slim chance after all. Stay tuned.