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October 5, 2007

The obvious headline is: "GOODBYE DOLLY"

HardbeatNews.com, Trinidad-Born Brooklyn Commish Was Consistent Supporter Of Brooklyn Borough Prez.

This week, Hardbeat News analyzed campaign-finance records and discovered that City Planning Commish and NJ Nets minority shareholder Dolly Williams and members of her family have contributed, over the years, up to $18,950 to her political patron, Borough President Marty Markowitz. That's more than all of their other campaign contributions to local and national candidates combined.

This all may be moot, because...

NY Daily News, Brooklyn Beep will replace City Planning rep Dolly Williams

...a string of controversial and embarassing actions and revelations seem to have forced Marty Markowitz to not reappoint the disgraced Park Slope resident, despite their close ties.

Borough President Marty Markowitz ended months of speculation Thursday when he announced he would not reinstate his Planning Commission appointee, Dolly Williams, to a second five-year term.

"We have come to the joint decision that in this time of great growth and change in Brooklyn, when there are many voices seeking to be heard on land-use matters, it would be best for a new appointee to assume the Planning Commission position," Markowitz said in a statement that praised Williams' role in bringing additional housing and parks to Brooklyn.

"I have asked Dolly to serve until the new appointment is made, and she has agreed to do so," he added.

To recap Dolly's woes from today's articles:


Williams has caught heat for having to recuse herself from voting on at least two development projects in Brooklyn in which she has financial interests, the $4.2 billion Atlantic Yards project and a Gowanus rezoning effort. (Daily News)


Adding to her embarrassment, bloggers posted pictures in August of Williams' flashy yellow Porsche, which was adorned with City Planning placards while parked illegally in Park Slope. (Daily News)


Just last month, court records show that a judge ordered compensation of over $200,000 for plaintiff, Safeco Insurance Company of America, in its cases against A. Williams Trucking and Backhoe Trenching Inc.

Safeco Insurance claimed it suffered thousands in losses for both a Medgar Evers contracting project and a Harlem Auto Mall project for which it had entered into an indemnity agreement with Williams’ company. Safeco claims it was forced to pay thousands to unpaid subcontractors of A. Williams Trucking and Backhoe Trenching Inc., who claimed payments from them under the terms of a Labor & Material Payment Bond. (Hardbeat News)


Her private company is involved in a billing dispute at a Harlem mega-mall being built by Forest City Ratner, the developer behind the Atlantic Yards project. (Daily News)

Posted by lumi at October 5, 2007 9:26 AM