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December 18, 2008

Why Bloomie is Campaigning for Caroline Kennedy

Runnin' Scared [Village Voice blog]
by Wayne Barrett

Should Atlantic Yards opponents be concerned at the prospect of Senator Caroline Kennedy, D-NY?

Bloomberg's 2009 campaign and Kennedy's 2010 campaign will be run out of the same offices at Knickerbocker SKD, where consultant Josh Isay already helped orchestrate the term limits coup for clients Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and where he is now trying to help pull off his second coup in three months by securing the Clinton seat with a resume-reinvention for Ms. Kennedy.

Knickerbocker SKD produced Forest City's liar flyers, including the infamous high-rise-free glossy issued in May, 2006, and also served as a consultant to Tracy Boyland's unsuccessful Ratner-backed bid to unseat State Senator Velmanette Montgomery later that year.

Isay runs a consulting firm that literally feasts on its ties to Bloomberg. His clients include the Partnership for New York City, the NYC Cultural Institutions Group, NYC & Co., Forest City Ratner, Primary Care Development Corporation, and the Building Trades Employers Association, all of which do business with Bloomberg City Hall. He's got a metal bat company out of California that lists itself as having lobbied the mayor against a council ban, and a taxi company that's approved by the Taxi & Limousine Commission to put driver and passenger information monitors in cabs. He did the television ads for PlaNYC 2030, the premier initiative of the Bloomberg administration, paid for by the Real Estate Board of New York and others.

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NoLandGrab: This is a must-read for those of you interested in political gamesmanship in NYC and Albany.

Posted by eric at December 18, 2008 12:07 PM