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May 2, 2011

Hey, taxi! Marty hails Turkish cab maker — and the jobs it will bring

The Brooklyn Paper
by Gary Buiso

Boondoggle alert!

Borough officials spent Sunday morning cheering Turkish automaker Karsan, a politically connected company promising hundreds of Brooklyn jobs if its design is chosen as the city’s next yellow cab.

“I hope that city officials will seriously consider taking a ride with Karsan — we owe it to everyone in the city that seeks gainful employment,” said Borough President Markowitz who organized the automotive love fest at Borough Hall.
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Karsan USA’s president is William Wachtel, one of the founding partners of the powerful law and lobbying firm Wachtel & Masyr, whose client list includes Forest City Ratner and IKEA.

[Karsan advisor Jay] Kriegel is also a longtime city insider, currently a senior adviser to the Related Companies, which is developing land in East New York that could be home to another borough first: Walmart.

But he said politics have not fueled the effusive support Karsan is receiving from local pols.

“That has nothing to do with anything,” Kriegel said. “This is about a decision on the merits.”

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NoLandGrab: Call us skeptics, but when they say "this is about a decision on the merits," why do we think the merits have "nothing to do with anything?"

Posted by eric at May 2, 2011 11:57 AM