Friday, March 28, 2008

Doctoroff To Keep His Hand in City Projects (But Not Coney)

Former Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff - who was instrumental in creating the city's plan for the rezoning and redevelopment of Coney Island- resigned at the beginning of 2008 to take a job with Mayor Bloomberg's private company, Bloomberg LP. Normally, this would mean that Doctoroff's connections to public development plans were terminated, by law. However, as the Brooklyn Daily Eagle explains, this is not a normal situation:

There are strict rules in the City Charter limiting the contact municipal employees can have with the city after leaving their government jobs, so the administration had sought a waiver from the city Conflicts of Interest Board to allow Doctoroff to remain involved in several of the various development projects he had guided.

This situation will not actually have any direct relevance to the redevelopment of Coney Island. The city was required to acquire a separate waiver for each individual project, and Coney Island was not on the list. Still, the fact that city went to these lengths to keep Doctoroff on board would seem to illustrate their continued commitment to Doctoroff's vision for New York.

Doctoroff Can Stay Involved in NYC Issues, Says Panel [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

- post by Ben Nadler

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