Briefly Noted: More de Blasio Real Estate Woes And Other News

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a press conference at City Hall after an NYPD judge recommend firing Officer Daniel Pantaleo on Friday, August 2, 2019 . Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

Mayor Bill de Blasio is yet again facing scrutiny for his real estate dealings, but this time it’s about his own properties.

De Blasio, who owns two homes in Park Slope, got mortgages for them from the bank founded by the brother of slumlord Jay and Stuart Podolsky, who were the recipients of $173 million of city dollars in a controversial scatter site apartment deal years later, the Daily News reported Monday. “Something doesn’t smell right,” Christina Greer, a Fordham University political science professor, told the News.

Over the weekend, the Daily News also reported that, in lieu of renting a U-Haul or hiring a mover, the mayor had the NYPD Executive Protection Unit move his daughter Chiara’s belongings out of her Sunset Park apartment.

On Monday, THE CITY reported that local leaders and an Assembly member fear the developer at Pacific Park/ Atlantic Yards is behind schedule in its affordable housing commitment at the complex. “I don’t think they’ll meet the benchmark by 2025,” Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon told the publication.

Borough President Eric Adams, who is running for mayor, spoke to Kings County Politics on their podcast about his upcoming campaign and policing.

Gotham Gazette’s Ben Max and City Limits’ Jarrett Murphy on their podcast, The Max and Murphy Show, spoke to two Council members who represent parts of Brooklyn: Brad Lander and Alicka Ampry-Samuel. Lander, who represents parts of brownstone Brooklyn, spoke about citywide planning and school integration. Ampry-Samuel, who represents Brownsville, spoke about the recent shooting in the neighborhood.

A soon-to-open kosher restaurant in Crown Heights has been facing backlash after a rumor spread that its owner directed a mural of deceased rapper Sean Price to be painted over. On Friday, the story got the New York Times treatment. The dispute was first reported by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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Sam Raskin

Sam Raskin has reported for Politico New York, Gotham Gazette, Gothamist and Curbed New York.

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