New York Post Officials press de Blasio to release records on pending deed restrictions by Michael Gartland
Elected officials are demanding Mayor de Blasio cough up records on pending deed restrictions, such as one that resulted in four investigations into the sale of a Lower East Side nursing home.
“We’re all frustrated,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Lisette Camilo testified at a City Council hearing two weeks ago that she would share records on more than a dozen properties with pending restriction changes, but according to Brewer and Councilman Ben Kallos, she still hasn’t.
The requests come several months after the city lifted deed restrictions on the Rivington House nursing home, paving the way for the property to be sold to a developer that plans to convert it to luxury housing — a deal now being investigated by the US Attorney’s Office.
Kallos suggested the delay could hurt the mayor’s spending plan. “We need to see it before we pass the budget,” he said.
Brewer suspects the delay has to do with transferring paper records to electronic spreadsheets, but doesn’t think it’s a legit excuse: “My interns could do it in five minutes.”
De Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton declined to comment on the delay.
“The mayor has made clear that mistakes were made and that the city will be making changes,” she said.