Colluding Developer/Real Estate And Contracting Firms Ordered To Pay $76,000,000 To Workers In Money Laundering Conspiracy To Deny Their Complete Wages And Benefits.

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NY Daily News: Union workers win $76M from Midtown construction firm that used alter-ego company to skirt collective bargaining

A Midtown construction company accused of creating a bogus business to avoid union wages and union benefit payments has to cough up $76 million to the workers it cheated.

In a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences for city developers, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Colleen McMahon found that Navillus Tile fraudulently invented an alter-ego company to try and get around collectively bargained agreements it had with several major city construction unions.

The company also had one of its legitimate offshoot businesses act as a Navillus stand-in on a job it wanted to do non-union, the ruling found.

The collusion also involved real estate giant Related, one of the city’s most prolific developers.

It knowingly engaged with one of the alter-ego companies on its Upper East Side luxury development on 92nd St., Judge McMahon’s ruling said.

In her scathing, 95-page ruling delivered late Thursday after a three-year court battle, McMahon said that Navillus’ founder, Donal O’Sullivan had “perjured himself” more than once and noted that another company principal was “obviously lying” in some testimony.

Her feelings were clear in the $76 million award — a massive hit for Navillus Tile.

The financial pain has to be carried by Navillus, which was the main generator of the alter-ego scam, but developer Related – which is currently doing the city’s Hudson Yards project — also played a role, the attorney noted.

The lengths certain people will go through to save a boatload of money in the name of progress or hyper-development, depending who you ask.

This lawsuit was filed 3 years ago when it was discovered that $35 million dollars never made it to the checks of their hard working employees. Navillus, a masonry company that usually gets 4 to 5 star ratings, shit on their workers and fucked them over despite the efficiency that gave them accolades. Related Properties, who run some of the biggest commercial and residential buildings in Manhattan and tonier parts of the outer boroughs, saw nothing at all wrong with partaking with Navillus in laundering the workers hard earned pay through 2 bogus firms with bland and downright stupid names so they can employ and underpay desperate immigrant workers and thought they were shrewd enough to fool them and their union lawyers. Really, Time Square Construction?

And for what cause. Instead of paying them the 35 million they earn and nefariously stealing it, now they are out an extra 41 million and who knows how much more to their counselors trying to defend their stupid grand theft scheme. It’s amazing that these fiends have this much money and reputation to burn.

But they and the city, especially the DOB, doesn’t care because the city has to keep improving. Every little crack on the sidewalk is prime real estate ready for taking and laying mortar, steel and glass up to the skies. Tower building is arguably the only manufacturing the city has done in the past decade and a half. Governor Andy didn’t give them those skyscraper welfare tax abatements just for his developer donor overlords to do nothing.

The sick thing about this criminal conspiracy is the fact that apparently no one from Navillus or Related will go to damn jail and serve 5 to 10 years, which I presume would be the same amount of time that some poor schmuck or recidivist would get if they tried to hold up a bodega or deny people their collective bargaining rights and steal their wages and funnel it through bogus shell companies. I guess because they have contributed so much and continue to add to the hyper-development of the city that these two corporations are too big to fail also. For they are involved in the construction of the massive Hudson Yards mini-metropolis and other city affordable housing mixed-use tower projects and government buildings.

It’s a terrible predicament with the over-saturation of development suffocating the city, but at least the people building it will get paid in full. It be a lot better if these executives would see a bit of divine justice and get indicted, imprisoned and clad in orange jumpsuits along the way. And maybe the old ball and chain for these greedhead executive assholes to approximate the toll the body takes building their behemoths.

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor De Blasio Irritably Tells Student Reporter He’s Not Doing Affordable Housing Right Now

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The High Line Park, New York, N.Y.

NY Daily News: Mayor de Blasio finally visits the High Line eight years after opening

Mayor de “Faustio”, still on his city hall reality tour, had his massive crack team of aides arranged a trip on the upscale High Line Park in Chelsea. The stroll was accompanied by students from the P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep School, some of his commissioners and his nemesii gaggle of reporters.

The nice unseasonably humid day was marred as Mayor Big Slow arrived 20 minutes late and seemed grossly unprepared about the aspects of the upscale gentrifying park and the fact that he has never visited it once in his term. (Well, he has been busy) The students were very knowledgeable about the lush greenery around them, enough to impress the mayor and were very observant and inquisitive about the press accompanying him and how he was trying to ignore them. He responded to the kids that they “followed him around”. Silly press doing their jobs to inform the public about accountability from elected officials and authority figures.

But it’s where he went later to his alma mater at New York University to meet with an old roommate of his that he dropped this Freudian slip grenade to a student reporter as he was exiting the building.

According to The New York Times:

As Mr. de Blasio left the university, a student reporter named Sam Raskin, tried to ask a question about affordable housing. “We’re not doing that right now,” the mayor said as he made his way out the building

Emphasis fucking mine.

“We’re not doing that right now”. Ok, now this quote is isolated and out of context. And there is no video, as of yet, to see the expression on his face or body language delivering these lines. It definitely is though, his usual response when he refuses to answer questions that doesn’t, to him, involve what he policy is discussing, as when he bolted from a press conference in front of a billionaire row tower in Midtown. But now as witnessed by journalists during his recent electioneering stroll as he refused to answer any questions pertaining to policy and his plans and policies when/if he gets re-elected, it has devolved into full blown venomous contempt at anyone that asks a question, no matter how soft, like when he was asked about the sumac the student pointed out, but certainly those that are pertinent to the constituency.

“We’re not doing that right now”. This dismissive and insulting response may just damned himself and his mayoralty despite it being an attempt to insultingly blow off a budding journalist. And might have put any credibility regarding his affordable housing plan into the crapper. Where it belongs. For the majority of these mixed income buildings, even the measly 20% that thousands of the poorest citizens of the 5 boroughs are not affordable at all. The area median incomes continue to rise because of overvalued real estate speculation, more luxury towers keep rising and even the market rate apts. in these new buildings are having an effect on the actual rents and the qualifications for yearly salaries to apply for them. A recent crop of new buildings in Brooklyn and Long Island City measly affordable apartments start at around the 800-1000 range while the majority of the units go for the insane and fabricated market rates of $2,000 for a studio, $2,500 for a one bedroom, and $3,000 for a two bedroom.

The real crazy part of de Faustio’s 10 year plan for 200,000 affordable apartments, in congruence with probably more than a half a million luxury apartments, is that the plan was already in fruition back in 2012 (and even that plan was horrible and detrimental). So even though he implemented his policy just last year, some of the buildings and the actual policy were already being used, so technically, Bill hasn’t produced much. Except make this affordable housing scheme even worse, by licking the boots of his predatory developer donors and listening to the technocratic stratagems of their public relations firms and his deputy mayor Alicia Glen.

Another take from the Times piece should make anyone pause at this man’s disgusting obliviousness, which possibly the kids there did too. At 26th street on the High Line, there is this big window overlooking the street and acts as a cinemascope for the view east, which consists of the project housing across 10th avenue just across the street from the upscale leisure and arts scenes and tower utopia that have engulfed the stretch:

The entourage stopped at an area of benches set out over 26th Street and looked through a frame at a public housing development across the street.

“It is just a big open viewing station; that’s all it does?” Mr. de Blasio asked.

“It was meant to showcase a lot of what people don’t see in the neighborhood,” Robert Hammond, the co-founder and executive director of the Friends of the High Line, told him.

Very cool,” the mayor said.

Very. Cool. If he can only get a view of the utter lack of coolness of similar projects in other places, as those buildings roofs continue to leak, mold continues to fester, and rats and roaches continue to invade and spread disease. This is what’s going on now, as it’s been for nearly a half century, with the real affordable housing in the city he governs.

Student journalist Sam Raskin may have finally got the correct answer from this mayor about the affordable housing stagnation going on, albeit inadvertently. And de Faustio may have exposed himself as the stupid fucking idiot he is just because he couldn’t answer a simple question. Especially something he deceptively bragged about not long ago too.

He knows what it is, and that’s why he is stonewalling. 2 recent stories detail how his current plan is not helping the working poor at all, and how the overvalued rental market rate is exacerbating the costs of living here for the majority of tax-paying residents whose salaries can’t keep up when the rent is due compared with the wealthier citizens, who can actually afford to live in these alleged affordable housing buildings and have a better chance winning the lottery for the apartments they would qualify for, and still have a robust savings account.

Good job Mr. Raskin and the kids at P.S. 33, you all did more to expose this fauxgressive neoliberal jerk than what the dailies and the prosecutors have tried to do since his elected office transgressions began 3 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Bad Days 35: Charter Bus Driver With DUI Priors Runs The Red And Collides With A Metro Bus; Another Legionairre’s Outbreak At An Apartment Building; Two Construction Workers Killed At Two Tower Developments With Habitually Negligent Contractors On The Same Day; A Brutal Murder Occurs A Week In The Same Vicinity Where The Mayor Had His Primary Victory Rally And Summerhill Wisely Abandons It’s High Crime Nostalgia Wall

Queens

In Flushing, a charter bus going twice the speed limit ran through a steady red light and collided into a Q20 metro bus, resulting in the death of the charter bus driver, a Q20 passenger and a pedestrian on the sidewalk. The driver was found to have been kicked out of the MTA over prior DUI offenses and the charter service of multiple road violations and a lawsuit over an injured customer.

Also in Flushing, a motorcycle rider lost control, hit a teenage girl then killed himself as he crashed into a concrete barrier.

In Jamaica, a man shot and killed his wife, who just gave birth to his son a few weeks ago, after an argument. He was found and arrested later in Cambria Heights with a box of bullets

In Kew Gardens, a couple was found by cops possessing nearly 200 pounds of fentanyl and heroin ready for distribution at a garage at their apartment building.

Somewhere in the Dirty Southeast, a female correction officer was blinded and raped by other C.O.’s when she fell asleep in a car after a barbeque party.

At P.S. 174 in Rego Park, a man was recording a school teacher using a restroom on his cellphone through a window.

At the Parker Towers building in Forest Hills, a Legionairre’s Disease outbreak killed one and sickened another person over 2 months as tenants were notified recently in a memo released just a few days ago.

In Long Island City, an off-duty cop driving to a strip club at 3 a.m. committed and illegal u-turn, nearly hitting a man on a bicycle then pointed his state appointed gun at him and shoved him to the ground

In East Elmhurst, a woman sitting in a car with her new boyfriend, was stalked and abducted by her cab driver ex-husband who she put a order of protection on.

In Jackson Heights, an 89-year-old man was knocked to the ground and had his keys stolen by two young men pussies.

Manhattan

In Chinatown, a jewelry store was robbed of $600,000 of merchandise by 2 men in a holdup just a half hour before noon.

In the Upper East Side, two teenagers stiffed a cab driver of 8 bucks for a ride home, then held him up at gunpoint and robbed his cellphone as one of the kids sucker-punched him.

At the City Hall station Downtown, a man sans pants but wearing a camo shirt (and resembling Ben Stiller) was flashing random women on the R train platform.

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Also Downtown at the Supreme Court house, two court clerks demanded bribes for the distribution of files demanded by litigants.

In the Financial District, a 16-year-old boy drinking beer on the street was stabbed by a man who wanted him to share it with him.

Also in the Financial District, a construction worker fell 27 floors off a luxury housing building under development and died, resulting from a faulty security hook and a shaky platform. The site had a stop work order placed on it just a day before. And the contractor underpays and mistreats it’s workers

On the same day in the new neighborhood metropolis Hudson Yards, 2 workers fell off a forklift cage that collapsed hanging 3 stories above the ground, killing one. The man who died was concerned of safety violations at the development site and warned his family about it.

In the Flatiron District, a homeless man stabbed another homeless man as he was digging in a garbage bin.

On the E train arriving at the 7th Avenue station in Midtown, a man spat twice on and punched a woman during an argument over personal space on the seats.

In Central Park in the Upper East Side, a man held a knife at a woman and robbed and sexually assaulted her at 9:15 p.m.

Also in Central Park in Harlem, a man who offered a woman a walk home at night assaulted, raped and robbed her purse when he directed her inside the park. The rapist was a mutual friend of the victim.

Also in Harlem at 7 a.m. two men at a deli that were trying to rob it was confronted by the store clerk who tried to stop them. They came back 2 hours later and approached the clerk at the counter and one of them tried to slash him with a knife, leading the clerk to defend himself with his own knife and proceeded to stab his attacker multiple times, leading the man to run away. The culprit, who habitually stole from the store, died from the wounds and the deli clerk is charged with murder.

At the Marriot Marquis hotel in Times Square, demonstrators were pummeled with sucker punches and blunt objects by people and foreign secret service men attending a committee led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey after one yelled that the asshole dictator speaking there was a terrorist and the invading foreign leader goaded his audience to not let the protestors ruin his night.

This is the second attack on a sovereign nation’s people, being the U.S.A. Ban this motherfucking dictator from this country forever.

In Hell’s Kitchen, a man confronted a woman on the street, handed her a rose and a letter threatening her life.

In Kips Bay, an SUV hit a man riding a citibike as he was about to put it in the dock.

Bronx

At the Metropolitan High School in Foxhurst, a teenage boy stabbed his classmate in the chest at 2:40 p.m. over a girl they knew.

In Fordham Heights, 20 men that was formerly a dance crew were arrested over myriad crimes involving gang violence, the standout being a stabbing of a 17 year old over 2 bucks. There was a time when gang members who swore off violence became dance crews.

On the Bruckner Expressway in Soundview, a man who was arrested on drug charges on the elevated road attempted to flee while in handcuffs from the cops, jumped over the ledge and landed on the avenue.

Staten Island

In three neighborhoods in a span of an hour at the break of dawn, a man driving in an SUV sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl by a bus stop and attempted to rape 3 other women. but they all resisted as they defended themselves and made him drive off. He was arrested later identified by bite marks left by the teenager.

Brooklyn

In Boerum Hill, blocks away from a venue where Mayor de Faustio celebrated his horrendously low voter turnout primary victory and Barclays Center, a man fired 8 shots killing another man who was already stabbed in the chest in front of a corner combination Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins at 8 p.m.

In Kensington, a one year old boy died when his father left him in a steamy bathroom with hot water running from the shower because he wanted to go back to sleep.

By the Neptune Ave. station in Coney Island, a 13 year old stupid fucking idiot boy decided to lean on the side of the F Train and surf it, only to wind up hitting a sign, crushing his genitals and falling onto the track roadbed.

In Greenpoint, after wifi kiosks were implemented on the block, it has become a scene for scoring and doing drugs, vagrancy and loitering.

In Williamsburg, a man was clobbered in the head with a baseball bat from behind following an argument with others.

In Windsor Terrace,  a man who robbed a package from a stoop found that it contained first issue comic books, but got arrested when he tried to sell them.

At the Union Street station in Park Slope, a man was killed by an approaching R train.

In Red Hook, a man was arrested for starving and burning two dogs he had in his apartment.

In Crown Heights, two nooses were found hanging on different blocks in the span of a week.

Also in Crown Heights, the owner of the Summerhill bar and sandwich shop decided to fix and plaster the bullet laden wall 3 weeks after meeting and blowing off the community. A sudden show of consciousness, guilt or remorse, or more likely coaxed from recent incidents involving gunfire that may have rendered her notorious sight less “cheeky” and “kitschy”?

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Current reality

That shouldn’t be hard to figure out at all. Welcome back to Brooklyn, Becca.