Joel Landau – Allure Group – Shameless Behavior – if What is Claimed is Right

 

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BK nursing home blames Allure Group for resident deaths

http://therealdeal.com/2016/12/22/brooklyn-nursing-home-blames-allure-group-for-death-of-certain-residents/

A Brooklyn nursing home is blaming the Allure Group for the deaths of some of its residents, saying the landlord wrongly forced the residents out.

CABS Nursing Home in Bedford-Stuyvesant filed a lawsuit against Allure, claiming the company forced out residents soon after buying the facility in 2015, the New York Post reported. Allure’s efforts to quickly flip the property, the lawsuit alleges, led to the untimely deaths of some of CABS’ residents. The nursing home also claims that it turned down higher bids for the property because Allure, led by Joel Landau, billed itself as a company with nursing home experience.

An attorney for Allure fired back that the company never agreed “to operate a nursing home for any period of time, much less forever.”

Earlier this month, Allure was hit with another lawsuit related to CABS. Sabr Group claimed that Allure repeatedly fell behind on a $20 million loan and was trying to force the lender to buy the property at a 60 percent markup from an earlier price.

In April, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas after Allure filed demolition plans for the nursing home, with the intention of replacing it with a seven-story, 241-unit rental building.

Allure is also at the center of the Rivington House scandal. The company negotiated to have the deed restriction removed from the Lower East Side property, paving the way for the sale of the nursing home to Slate Property Group and several partners. [NYP]Kathryn Brenzel 

Joel Landau -The Allure of Escaping Millions Richer – Sorry… No Pictures Please

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Dear Reader:

Joel Landau, through a series of demands and other bullying tactics sent in the form of threatening letters from Wordpress, claimed an array of Copyright violations. The poor little man did not like having his face on our pages. So he had his pictures forcibly removed from our pages and our archives with threat of shutting us down for Copyright Violations. While that makes us kinda want to put a Metadata link to his name and Allure Group on every single one of our pages, so that he and Allure will forever be synonymous with every ill, morally bankrupt and skewed activity referenced on these pages (particularly where healthcare facilities are concerned), we figured that would simply be unproductive. Instead, we are going to publish every article about Landau and Allure. We will publish every piece of information available. Just send it over. We hope that one day someone, more clever than him and his band of merry loophole-finders, figures out a way to make him pay for his reprehensible though remarkably clever behavior. He is another person who manipulates the lives of our most vulnerable citizens for ill-gotten gains. To Joel Landau and Shlomo Rechnitz – L’chaim…

http://therealdeal.com/2016/12/30/city-admits-it-doesnt-have-a-legal-case-against-allure-group-over-rivington-house/

City admits it doesn’t have a legal case against Allure Group over Rivington House

Mayor said law department can’t find “pathway” to seeking restitution from Joel Landau’s firm

The city’s hands may be tied when it comes to seeking restitution for the controversial sale of a Manhattan nursing home to a luxury condo developer.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who in April vowed to sue Allure Group for flipping the property at 45 Rivington Street, said Thursday that the city’s lawyers “cannot find an actual pathway” to restitution.

“I support anything that would get us further restitution for what happened,” the mayor said at a press conference, Politico reported. “I made very clear my anger at the way the private-sector firm handled things,” he said. However, “So far, our law department cannot find an actual pathway.”

Allure made $72 million when it sold 45 Rivington to Slate Property Group, after convincing the city to lift a deed restriction on the site. The de Blasio administration maintained that Allure did not tell the city it intended to sell the building to a developer while negotiations were taking place. But a report from the Department of Investigations found that reps for Allure told the city in March 2015 that if the deed weren’t lifted, it would consider a conversion of the property to luxury apartments.

Comptroller Scott Stringer also accused Allure of misleading City Hall, but mostly faulted the de Blasio administration for mishandling information at virtually every turn. Allure maintains it did nothing wrong.

The mayor has insisted he was not aware of the deal.

Allure, led by Joel Launda, has maintained it did not lie to the city, but earlier this month, the mayor signed a bill to increase oversight of deed restrictions.

Meanwhile, the city hired two law firms this year to represent it in the Rivington deal, and in campaign finance investigations. The contracts are for more than $10 million, Politico reported. [Politico]E.B. Solomont

Protecting the Elderly: What Are NYS Assembly Members Doing? NOTHING!!!

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To: Walter Mosley <waltertmosley@gmail.com>; Joseph Yanis <yanisj@assembly.state.ny.us>; “cymbros@assembly.state.ny.us” <cymbros@assembly.state.ny.us>; Monica Miller <millerm@assembly.state.ny.us>; Kristin Williams <williamsk@assembly.state.ny.us>; Cathy Peake <peakec@assembly.state.ny.us>; Adrienne Knoll <knolla@assembly.state.ny.us>; JoAnn VanSlyke <vanslykej@assembly.state.ny.us>; JoAnne Simon <simonj@assembly.state.ny.us>; “felder@nysenate.gov” <felder@nysenate.gov>; “ott@nysenate.gov” <ott@nysenate.gov>; “bender@nysenate.gov” <bender@nysenate.gov>; Susan Serino <serino@nysenate.gov>; “farley@nysenate.gov” <farley@nysenate.gov>; “golden@nysenate.gov” <golden@nysenate.gov>; “hassellt@senate.state.ny.us” <hassellt@senate.state.ny.us>; Brad Hoylman <hoylman@nysenate.gov>; “eli@bradhoylman.com” <eli@bradhoylman.com>; “larkin@senate.state.ny.us” <larkin@senate.state.ny.us>; “little@nysenate.gov” <little@nysenate.gov>; “martins@nysenate.gov” <martins@nysenate.gov>; “montgome@nysenate.gov” <montgome@nysenate.gov>; Terrence P. Murphy <murphy@nysenate.gov>; “panepinto@nysenate.gov” <panepinto@nysenate.gov>; “grivera@nysenate.gov” <grivera@nysenate.gov>; “seward@nysenate.gov” <seward@nysenate.gov>; Catharine Young <cyoung@nysenate.gov>; Office of Assembly Member Dick Gottfried W. Paster <pasterw@assembly.state.ny.us>; Alyssa Jacobs <jacobsa@nyassembly.gov>; “braunsteine@assembly.state.ny.us” <braunsteine@assembly.state.ny.us>; “cahillk@assembly.state.ny.us” <cahillk@assembly.state.ny.us>; “clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us” <clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us>; “dinowij@assembly.state.ny.us” <dinowij@assembly.state.ny.us>; “galefs@assembly.state.ny.us” <galefs@assembly.state.ny.us>; “garbarinoa@assembly.state.ny.us” <garbarinoa@assembly.state.ny.us>; “goodella@assembly.state.ny.us” <goodella@assembly.state.ny.us>; “gunthea@assembly.state.ny.us” <gunthea@assembly.state.ny.us>; “hevesia@assembly.state.ny.us” <hevesia@assembly.state.ny.us>; “jaffeee@assembly.state.ny.us” <jaffeee@assembly.state.ny.us>; “lavinec@assembly.state.ny.us” <lavinec@assembly.state.ny.us>; “mayers@assembly.state.ny.us” <mayers@assembly.state.ny.us>; “mcdonoughd@assembly.state.ny.us” <mcdonoughd@assembly.state.ny.us>; “paulina@assembly.state.ny.us” <paulina@assembly.state.ny.us>; “parker@senate.state.ny.us” <parker@senate.state.ny.us>; “chauvin@nysenate.gov” <chauvin@nysenate.gov>; “rae@assembly.state.ny.us” <rae@assembly.state.ny.us>; “raiaa@assembly.state.ny.us” <raiaa@assembly.state.ny.us>; Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal <rosenthall@assembly.state.ny.us>; “schimmr@assembly.state.ny.us” <schimmr@assembly.state.ny.us>; “steckp@assembly.state.ny.us” <steckp@assembly.state.ny.us>; Michael Stinson <stinsonm@assembly.state.ny.us>; “titonem@assembly.state.ny.us” <titonem@assembly.state.ny.us>; “walterr@assembly.state.ny.us” <walterr@assembly.state.ny.us>; “diaz@nysenate.gov” <diaz@nysenate.gov>; “lavalle@nysenate.gov” <lavalle@nysenate.gov>; “valesky@nysenate.gov” <valesky@nysenate.gov>; Kathleen Marchione <marchione@nysenate.gov>
Cc: Ibrahim Khan <ikhan@pubadvocate.nyc.gov>; Kenya Handy <khandy@comptroller.nyc.gov>; Hakeem Jeffries <hakeemjeffries@yahoo.com>; Dell Smitherman <dell.smitherman@1199.org>; Martin Nicholas (Schumer) <nicholas_martin@schumer.senate.gov>; Susan Lerner <slerner@commoncause.org>; Laast Ousman (Gillibrand)

It would be very easy and disingenuous to allow the problems of flipped NYC nursing homes and long term care facilities to be solely the Mayor’s problem in the Rivington House and CABs scandal. Ownership must be taken by NYS Governor Cuomo who appoints a failed Public Health and Health Planning Council. The PHHPC continues to ignore past infractions and certifies bad actors pretending to be long term care manager/owners in total complicity with criminal harm to the disabled and vulnerable elderly.

With all due respect you must equally be held to account. The state Assembly and Senate have  sidestepped constructing a Bill to force would-be long term care owners (privatizing non-profits in huge numbers) to REQUIRE a minimum of ONE YEAR notification to resident/patients for appropriate transition time and concurrently discourage flippers of real estate-too often one and the same owners of nursing home titles.

The question must be asked-why?

The question must be posed…why do Leading Age…Hinman Straub…HANYS…NYSHFA…NYSCAL…HCA…FQC…AHCA…NCAL… Owner/Operator lobbying groups and their PACs continue to influence your legislation when victims who are ALSO your constituents-have no voice and are slaughtered with no sanctions unless they engage malpractice attorneys or Legal Aid comes to save them???

Please listen to the Brian Lehrer radio show interview/investigation link below-revolving around the Rivington House scam…but understand this is the tip of the iceberg-the answer that the Dept of Health is “investigating the inappropriate discharge” is tantamount to having the FOX investigate the problems in the  hen house!

You need to take ownership…this is a matter of flouting the Americans With Disability Act protections guaranteed to the sick-disabled-and a human rights violation. This is also who you are as a human being with  conscience-these could be your own elderly loved ones.

Thank you.

 

NYC Nursing Homes Evacuate Patients Without Plans

 

http://www.wnyc.org/story/relocation-rivington-house-nursing-home-patients/

Aug 31, 2016
When a New York nursing home is going to close, operators are supposed to give the State Department of Health 90 days’ notice and submit a detailed plan on how patients will be transferred. The agency has to approve the plan before anyone gets moved out. But, according to a three-month investigation by WNYC, that didn’t happen at two New York City nursing homes –The Rivington House on the Lower East Side and CABS Nursing Home in Bedford Stuyvesant. Both nursing homes were bought by the same company and then sold to real estate companies for profit without giving patients, staff, or public officials proper foresight or factual information about the closures.

Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC urban policy reporter, discussed her reporting, and news that the state will investigate improper transfers of those residents that come forward.

 

Slate should not be allowed to go forward with the city-backed Brooklyn project

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City should not have awarded housing deal to buyer of former nursing home, local groups say

Slate Property Group, which will convert the Rivington House nursing home into condos, was picked to develop the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1566aa5acdc1d5c8

A developer that conspired to dupe city officials about plans for a former nursing home should not be handed the reins on a massive residential project on city-owned land, outraged community groups say.

A month after the de Blasio administration lifted the now-famous deed restriction at the former Rivington House nursing home on the Lower East Side, which led to the sale of the building to Slate Property Group for use as luxury condos, the city awarded a large and lucrative city-backed housing deal in Crown Heights to the developer.

While vying for the job of redeveloping the 500,000-square-foot Bedford-Union Armory, Slate was simultaneously trying to keep its May 2015 agreement to buy Rivington House a secret from city officials out of concern they would halt the deal, according to a Department of Investigation report released last month.

Local groups now argue that Slate should not be allowed to go forward with the city-backed Brooklyn project. New York Communities for Change, the Crown Heights Tenant Union, affordable-housing nonprofit the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, residents’ group the Crown Heights Community Council and unions DC-9 and Local 79 plan to protest the plans Wednesday outside the sprawling former military complex, which will be converted into an apartment building, townhouses and a recreational facility. Slate has partnered with developer Donald Capoccia, who is a donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio, and nonprofit group CAMBA on the redevelopment project.

“It’s clear that they cannot be trusted,” said NYCC spokeswoman Renata Pumarol of Slate principals David Schwartz and Martin Nussbaum. “I think the city already knows this because of the Rivington deal. We should not trust Slate with the Armory or any developments moving forward because it’s clear they don’t have the best interests of the residents of New York City.”

Pumarol cited another instance where Slate agreed to build affordable apartments in Ridgewood, Queens, in exchange for a zoning change and then flipped the building, which sold for $18.5 million. Her group released a report detailing their objections to Slate, part of a “Real Gentrifiers” campaign against for-profit affordable housing developers.

Slate did not respond to a request for comment.

Slate and Capoccia’s BFC won a 99-year lease on the city-owned property between Union Street and President Street along Bedford Avenue. Half of the 330 apartments in a planned rental building will have set affordable rents, according to EDC, and half market-rate. The city also sold the developers part of the land along President Street upon which they plan to build market-rate townhouse condos. Much of the space will be devoted to a sports facility funded by basketball star Carmelo Anthony.

The project proposal has yet to go through the city’s land-use approval process.

The city’s Economic Development Corp. stood by the project plans in a statement. “The Bedford Courts development team was selected through an open and competitive process because they offered the highest quality proposal, and the one that best met the needs and priorities outlined by community leaders,” spokesman Anthony Hogrebe said. “EDC was not aware of any details of the Rivington sale prior to our selection. We look forward to bringing much needed affordable housing, community space, and good jobs to Crown Heights.”

The project has garnered support from local elected officials and community leaders, EDC said.

A spokesman for the mayor’s office said senior City Hall officials knew nothing of Slate’s involvement in the Rivington House deal until February 2016, when the deal was made public and two months after the EDC announced it had selected the company for the Armory project.

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who oversees the EDC, had pushed to try and use Rivington House for affordable housing as early as 2014, Politico reported, but was told the site would remain a nursing home.

In May 2015, Slate signed a contract with Allure to buy Rivington House, city investigations found. Allure’s principal Joel Landau encouraged Slate to keep mum on the deed change and sale, according to an investigative report from comptroller Scott Stringer.

“After striking a deal to sell Rivington House, Mr. Landau urged the buyers not to discuss the transaction in public so as not to tip off the stakeholders to his plans,” Stringer wrote in the report. “One of Mr. Landau’s attorneys went so far as to advise that the buyers should ‘KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT. The deal is all over the street from their investors and it could F!@# up the deed restriction being lifted [and] union if they know sales price.'”

And Slate in turn directed its employees to keep the sale a secret, the DOI found in its report on the deal. 

“On May 14, 2015, a Slate representative told its employees: ‘[D]o not discuss this deal … the seller [Allure] is very concerned that the city and union will find out that he is in contract to sell at the price that we are buying it which will directly impact his ability to have the deed restriction removed. Once he has it removed we can do whatever we want,'” the DOI report said.

Slate managed to keep the secret from city officials, according to the mayor’s office, and the deed restriction lift went off without a hitch in November 2015. Starting on Dec. 1, Lower East Side residents expressed concern to City Hall’s Community Affairs Unit about Allure Group’s plans to sell the nursing home to City Hall, according to Stringer, and informed them that a construction firm working with the buyer expected the property to be converted to market-rate housing. The information was shared with senior officials throughout City Hall, according to Stringer’s report.Local residents had spotted Slate architects walking around Rivington, DOI found.

But a spokesman for the mayor’s office maintained that senior City Hall officials were not aware “of even any sort of rumblings about a flip” until 2016. It was not until February that Glen’s staff scrambled to try and undo Allure’s Rivington House sale, to no avail, and even then they did not know Slate was involved, he said.

The groups protesting the Crown Heights project also argue that Slate is not planning enough affordable housing for the armory site. Of the 330 apartments it will build, 66 will be reserved for those making 40% and 50% below the area median income, while 164 will be market-rate. The rest, 99 units, will be for those earning 110% of the area median income—which is not the median income for Crown Heights but for the entire city and some suburban counties.

The 66 low-income affordable apartments are on par with the median income of Crown Heights, a spokesman for BFC noted.

But most of the units are not “in sync with the neighborhood AMI,” said Pumarol, who argued that the project’s current breakdown will exacerbate gentrification in the neighborhood instead of helping to mitigate the displacement of local residents.

To read the article in its entirety click here.

 

 

Who Would have Thought Ageing Could be So Lucrative?

 

What Happens When you Mix a Law firm, Politics and a Multimillion Dollar “Ageing” Industry?

Contributor Opinion, Lost Messiah, August 1, 2016

We are posting the following as a sort of related story to the picketing by Shlomo Rechnitz’s own nursing home employees, who seem to have more decency and care for their charges than Rechnitz. What follows is the East Coast’s version of the nursing home mafia, or at least one of them. We are fairly certain there is far more to follow.  

The AG has gone after Allure for ‘misrepresentations’ having to do with the churning of the Rivington House & CABs Bed-Stuy properties. Both of which were transitioned into luxury housing. The idea that ‘misrepresentation’ of bricks & cement are the priority for those in charge of justice shows you how ass-backward are the ethics of our elected officials.

Instead of preventing these unscrupulous amoral owner/operators from doing more harm to the frail and weak, to the disabled who cannot speak for themselves, and preventing these dangerous owners who lie about their intentions to care for their patients; it takes financial transactions to have the AG step up.  

Is it better than nothing? Yes…but not much.

Assertions of ‘supply and demand’ excuses and the parsing of deed restrictions in the lawsuit are the sole prioritized subject matter for the courts!? Killing off the disabled in sub-par nursing homes is not of any interest. The Department of Health “approves” the applications of these same owner/operators who have already been guilty of blatant disregard for the lives of those entrusted in their care.

Unless someone is maimed or dies…and a malpractice lawyer is hired (sorry, Mr. Fensterman, you would be conflicted) -these Nursing Home owners have unfettered access to more facilities, more fluid deed restrictions and more money.

Re the AG trying to stop Allure:

Context means so much…

The firm of Abrams Fensterman & Fensterman are Allure’s counselors in contesting the AG’s challenge for their effort to acquire the Greater Harlem Nursing Rehab facility and another nursing home. This case is currently being heard in Manhattan Supreme Court (Index 155305/2016). Fensterman, as already reported in Lost Messiah, has a long sketchy history and tentacles not only to Albany-and to Schumer in D.C. but also to deBlasio in NYC. We are posting prior forwarded links below as a matter of convenient reference.

Fensterman, dear Fensterman, is the Consigliere of the Nursing Home ultra-Orthodox mafia… The Rubin(s)/Landau -were the state’s DOH appointed Receivers in 2014 & were given the opportunity by a complicit NYS Public Health and  Health Planning Council (appointees of (corrupt) Cuomo) to get their foothold in this Harlem Rehab-in order to buy and inevitably (as they did with the churning of the Rivington Nursing Home and the Bed-Stuy CABS facilities) leverage it for sale. 

We also believe that they may have played financial “Twister” with Medicaid, Medicare and Workers Compensation in the process. They have employed the Fensterman attorneys as their defense team. In fact, Fensterman seems to have made defending the questionable business tactics of nursing home owners, and fighting for additional nursing homes for his clients a lucrative legal industry.

The coup d’grace is that Long Island’s Fensterman recently opened a branch of his office in Brooklyn with County Dem Boss and ‘appointer’ of  judges, Frank Seddio and his partner Frank Carone. Ready to make sure that all of the ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn owners of nursing homes and long term care facilities know who to hire as the lawsuits come rolling in. Hard to know which judges have Seddio to thank for their seats…

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/nyregion/reinventing-long-term-care-and-endorsing-firms-accused-of-fraud.html

Excerpt from above:

Mr. Fensterman is past chairman of fund-raising for Mr. Cuomo on Long Island, and his Lake Success law firm has donated more than a half-million dollars to candidates of both parties over the past decade, records show, including more than $17,700 to Mr. Cuomo and $43,291.25 to Senator Skelos, the Senate Republican leader. Excellent and the Fenstermans’ separate contributions include another $13,500 to Governor Cuomo.

https://michaelamon.wordpress.com/2008/01/05/how-a-long-island-nursing-home-empire-got-its-way/

Excerpt from above:

“Howard Fensterman, SentosaCare’s chief attorney, is Schumer’s Long Island finance chairman and a top fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, chaired by Schumer. Fensterman, along with the SentosaCare executives he represents, said they had supported Schumer for years, well before he acted on their behalf.”

The Sick Looting of Home Health Care

Excerpt from above:

More problems surfaced when the media got wind that Fensterman, Landa’s attorney, was lining up contributions for Cuomo’s campaigns. Both the Voice and Newsday reported that Cuomo had received donations from partners in a company under investigation. The campaign quickly returned $6,000 from Landa. Fensterman said his own donations were fine, since he was no longer seeking to become a partner. Actually, he simply had his wife, Lori, replace him as a would-be shareholder.

http://www.howardfensterman.com/in-the-news/bill-de-blasio

In October, 2013, Mr. Fensterman hosted a fundraiser for NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio at his Long Island residence, where over ninety Long Island community leaders gathered to show their support for the Democratic nominee.

So while the optics would seem to be promising-this case MUST be followed closely. Perhaps in his own evaluation, the political gains for Schneiderman from newsworthy attention of the public will be considered worth the ‘sturm und drang’ from the Hasidic community-Schneiderman’s former  ‘sponsors’ and patrons?

 

 

An Alluring Result – Schneiderman Weighs In

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Eric Schneiderman Seeks To Block Orthodox-Owned Firm From Buying Nursing Homes

http://forward.com/news/346167/eric-schneiderman-seeks-to-block-orthodox-owned-firm-from-buying-nursing-ho/?attribution=home-breaking-news-headline-1

New York State’s Attorney General recommended in court filings that the Orthodox Jewish businessmen who made a quick $72 million selling a Lower East Side nursing home to a condo developer should no longer be allowed to buy nursing homes in New York State, the New York Post reported.

The Brooklyn-based Allure Group has been at the center of a citywide scandal since the Spring, when local media reported that the firm had received an unusual waiver from the city to allow it clear out the nursing home for AIDS patients, called Rivington House, and sell the building as luxury housing.

Allure Group CEO Solomon Rubin is a prominent member of the Boro Park-based Bobov Hasidic group, which has enjoyed close ties with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.

In the court filling reported July 26 by the Post, the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman argued that Allure’s “direct involvement in the demise of the Rivington House home raises sufficient concern about the proposed purchasers’ suitability and fitness.”

The filing came in a New York State Supreme Court case in which Schneiderman’s office is seeking to stop Allure from buying a Harlem nursing home it has managed for years. Under New York State law, the Attorney General must approve the sale of property owned by not-for-profit entities.

Allure’s attorney objected to the Attorney General’s filling in a statement to the Post. “The attorney general’s filing does not identify any misrepresentations allegedly made by the principals of Allure,” Neil Steiner told the paper.

The Attorney General’s efforts against Allure came days before new revelations in the ongoing investigation into why New York City officials gave Allure approval to change the deed on the Rivington House property. Documents previously withheld from the city’s Department of Investigations by the city’s Law Department showed that the city had known as early as 2014 that the property could be sold for condominium development.

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The Rivington Deal -More Alluring Lies

 

*** BREAKING *** ALLURE GROUP*** MORE LIES

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Contributors: May 25, 2016

CapitalNewYork Reports:

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2016/05/8600061/emails-show-more-communication-city-hall-over-rivington-deal

Emails show more communication with City Hall over Rivington deal

The email is important because at the center of the botched deal, which is under investigation by four separate entities, is the question of why a city agency ultimately lifted both restrictions — one requiring the property to be a nonprofit and another ensuring a health care facility. Lifting both allowed Allure to sell the building to Slate Property Group for high-end condos.

City Hall has said Allure indicated it only wanted the nonprofit restriction removed and planned to run a nursing home. But it was one of de Blasio’s own agencies, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), that ended up removing both restrictions in exchange for a $16 million fee.

“We like to keep the nursing home operating and continue employing over 250 employees who currently work there. However, this deal cannot go through because the restriction has created a significant deterrent both to accepting the title and the ability to get financing,” Landau wrote. “The nursing home, its union, have been trying for a while to get someone at DCAS to sign off on the deal, so that we can come in and provide the necessary resources the nursing home needs in order to stay afloat.”

Landau never specifically mentioned the $16 million fee, but did raise concerns that language in the deed allowed the title to the property to revert back to the city in case the buyer breached any conditions of sale.

He then asked Newmark for assistance.

“As you can imagine this is a time sensitive matter and any help or input you can provide is truly appreciated,” he concluded.

Newmark wrote back eight days later, “Thank you Joel. I have passed along your concerns to Sarah Samis, who is following up with Dom. I do not have any more information to share at the moment.”