Thursday, December 17, 2009

U.S. Attorney Subpoenas Working Families Party, and Bill de Blasio and Now Brad Lander Too


December 15, 2009 | 6:46 p.m
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York subpoenaed the Working Families Party in connection with work done during the 2009 elections, Liz reported earlier tonight .
"We welcome this inquiry," said Dan Cantor, the head of the Working Families Party, in a public statement. He said the probe will prove "[o]ur work has complied with both the spirit and letter of New York City’s Campaign Finance Law as well as all relevant state and federal election laws, tax and not-for-profit corporation laws."
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Lander Hit With WFP-Related Subpoena »


Brooklyn Councilman-elect Brad Lander confirmed he is among the Working Families Party candidates to have received a subpoena from the US attorney's office in its probe of the labor-backed party's efforts in the 2009 elections.

Lander told me his campaign received a call Monday (the same day the WFP itself was subpoenaed) informing him that there was a subpoena with his name on it seeking information about the work conducted on his Council bid by the party's for-profit arm, Data and Field Services.

"They said: 'We have a subpoena for you, please call and tell us where to deliver it," said Lander, who got the document in question via fax on Tuesday morning at his Park Slope campaign office.

"Did I have on my Chanukah list a subpoena from the US attorney? It was not on my Chanukah list. It's a stack of documents to give them. I'm happy to provide them all, and I feel confident that when they review them, they'll find we complied fully with both the letter and spirit of the law.

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With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........