“Real Estate Developer No. 1” May Have Hog-Tied Brooklyn, Yonkers, and New Rochelle – Photo of Forest City Ratner President Bruce Ratner>>>
Carlos Gonzalez, The Albany Correspondent, for The Westchester Guardian / Yonkers Tribune on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, reported: Breaking News: Albany Correspondent – Another Corruption Charge for Another Senate Democrat By Carlos Gonzalez.
The Westchester Guardian / Yonkers Tribune where on top of the story before it even began to unravel. And unravel it did.
It was a repeat performance for “Real Estate Developer No. 1,” better known to most in Yonkers as Forest City Ratner (FCR). Forest City Ratner is the developer behind the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, New York, the Ridge Hill Development project in Yonkers, New York, and the Echo Bay project in New Rochelle, New York.
This is the second time in less than two years that Forest City Ratner has been a protagonist in a corruption case. Similar to the relationship between a “john" and a “prostitute," FCR has not been charged; escaping further scrutiny as is so often the case with a “john.”.
The corruption charges accusing Carl Kruger, a Brooklyn Democrat, alleges he was the recipient of over $1 million in bribes in exchange for influencing state matters. Mr Kruger is also said to have received money from Forest City Ratner’s Bruce R. Bender, vice-president of governmental affairs and public relations,” and FCR’s lobbyist Richard Lipsky, among other clients.
FCR spokesman Joe DePlasco divulged Forest City Ratner had ended its relationship with Mr. Lipsky, the lobbyist, on Wednesday, March 9, 2011,when word of the case was being revealed The Westchester Guardian / Yonkers Tribune’s Carlos Gonzalez, among a few others, because of the “serious nature of the charges.”
Mr DePlasco did not explain how Forest City Ratner was privy to the unsealed corruption case one day prior to its being made public by United States Attorney, Southern District of New York. Preet Bharara’s announcement on Thursday, March 10, 2011.
“I find it sad that politicians are expendable, but rich developers are not,” said Candace Carponter, the legal director of the group Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) who have challenged FCR in the courts over the Atlantic Yards project.
Ms Carponter suggests the Kruger case evokes similarities to the Ridge Hill project in Yonkers, New York where one-time Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi, long opposed to the project changed her vote in which final approval to begin the project came to pass. Ms Annabi was indicted for retreating from her opposition to that project and one other. Ms Annabi is scheduled to appear before the court on June 20, 2011.
It seems Forest City Ratner president Bruce ratner IS the new “Godfather.”
At issue now is whether the Godfather is the" whore" or the "john." Either way, they are using/spending taxpayer money, your money.