Archive for February 2011

The Abortion Capital of America – By George J. Marlin

February 10, 2011

This article I wrote appeared on The Catholic Thing web site on February 9, 2011.

The Kessel NYPA Watch, February 7, 2011 – By George J. Marlin

February 7, 2011

Kessel Uses Public Money to Buy Long Island Love, Part 2

Richard Kessel, current CEO and President, has a lot of explaining to do.  Here are two issues that challenge even his verbosity.

If the Attorney General in 2007 with respect to public authorities generally and the State Inspector General last year with regard to Battery Park City Authority acted aggressively to halt improper sponsorships and charitable contributions unrelated to the business of the public authority donor, why isn’t what was done with NYPA public funds over the last two years, worse in both dollar amount and lack of business purpose?  Isn’t awarding public money to favored hometown causes when the State is “functionally bankrupt” according to our new Governor and the jobs of thousands of State workers hang in the balance just wrong, and indefensible and possibly criminal?

Next, if Kessel misled his board, the public and the Governor that appointed him and violated board policy and stonewalled a FOIL request for nearly six months because he feared releasing the truth, why would anyone trust him or his senior Long Island staff on the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project or on the Hudson River Transmission Project or on solar installations?  If he is willing to evade the law and board policy on issues like responsibly using public money, why should anyone believe that far greater amounts of money on projects having impact for decades and decades have been done responsibly and in accordance with law?

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