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Park Law Compliance Lags

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Four years ago, the City Council passed a law to shed light on how much money was flowing into different parks across the city. Advocates were concerned that the parks system was splitting in two: in wealthy areas of the city, gleaming, innovative green spaces, buttressed by private financing sources; elsewhere, ailing parks with far fewer resources at their disposal.

The legislation required the Department of Parks and Recreation of New York City to prepare an annual report that would detail, park by park, the contributions of nonprofits and other private donors.

Yet the most recent report from the parks department, on the 2010 fiscal year, falls far short of the law’s requirements.

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Inside a $2, No-Bid City Land Deal

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

A longtime political operative and two other allies of the Bronx Democratic Party stand to benefit from a controversial plan to develop the site of a former community garden in Mott Haven, the Herald has learned.

In a deal that dates back to the days when Rudy Giuliani was mayor, the Bloomberg administration has continued to grant the three partners, who include the former counsel to the Bronx Democratic Committee, exclusive rights to develop the site on the land at the junction of 149th Street, Southern Boulevard and Prospect Avenue, according to city records.

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