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February 8, 2010

As controversy over Queens video deal continues, Darryl Greene drops out

Atlantic Yards Report

Hypocrisy alert!

The Times, Daily News and Post are shocked — shocked! — that the bidding for the Aqueduct "racino" contract may not have been on the up and up. In other news, we're still waiting for even a smidgen of similar outrage about the rigged Atlantic Yards deal.

Well, the frenzy over the Paterson administration's controversial selection of the Aqueduct Entertainment Group to run a video casino hasn't let up, with multiple news outlets reporting that consultant Darryl Greene, who had 0.6% of the deal, has dropped out.

Green, who pleaded guilty in 1999 to a misdemeanor count of mail fraud, as detailed in the document below, has long worked on minority contracting for Forest City Ratner, including on Atlantic Yards. (He was disbarred, according to the Daily News.)

Yesterday, the New York Post reported, in a careful locution, that "Companies connected to Greene owe nearly $1 million in state taxes."

On Saturday, the New York Times weighed in (late) with an editorial, headlined Looks Sleazy to Us, opining:

[Assembly Speaker] Mr. [Sheldon] Silver may have preferred another bidder. But his demands seem more than reasonable. He should also insist that the governor release documents showing how this bid was chosen. It shouldn’t stop there.

On Sunday, the New York Daily News ran a second editorial, headlined Two-armed bandits: Daily News demands sunlight on shady Aqueduct deal:

New Yorkers especially need to see how much money the competing bidders put on the table. We also need to understand how Paterson, Silver and Sampson justify allowing AEG to match the high bid by adding $100 million to its offering at the last minute.


NoLandGrab: Spare us the sanctimony. And never mind who gets the contract — the whole idea of slot-machine parlors as state revenue patches is morally bankrupt.

Posted by eric at February 8, 2010 10:03 PM