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Extell, Silverstein, Thor hit with subpeonas over tax breaks

State corruption panel probes links with lobbyists, pols
August 07, 2013 08:30AM

Three of New York City’s biggest developers have been slapped with subpoenas from a state corruption panel investigating huge tax breaks that they received in a law enacted just this year, the Wall Street Journal reported. Gary Barnett’s Extell Development, Larry Silverstein’s Silverstein Properties and Joseph Sitt’s Thor Equities are being asked to turn over reams of correspondence, including years of correspondence with lobbyists and elected officials, a source who examined a subpoena from the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption told the newspaper.

A provision in the bill, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in late January, slashes residential property taxes on five marquee Manhattan developments, including Extell’s One57 in Midtown, Silverstein’s planned Four Seasons tower in Lower Manhattan, and Thor’s  project 516 Fifth Avenue. The Journal did not identify the other two properties or their owners.

Extell “will cooperate fully with any agency trying to improve government,” a company spokesperson said; the newspaper did not include comments from Silverstein or Thor and did not state whether they were contacted for comment.

The commission confirmed it is issuing subpoenas, but its co-chairwoman, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, declined to specify what the documents requested or who received them. [WSJ]  – Hiten Samtani

  • Common Sense

    This is such good news – I hope they nail these guys. Tax breaks for condos selling north of $2,000 are asinine. As a landlord, I loath these guys for making our industry look bad. Their greed gives us all a bad name. These tax breaks are inexcusable and unjustifiable.

  • Thomas Payne

    I hope the politicians go down hard too..It seems like all the paper shredder companies are booked up today and tomorrow.

  • Bee Dub

    How do you spell subpoena? Supeona?

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  • Char4Dew

    SCARY…. the rich dont care that Larry has blood on his hands.
    3000 dead on 9/11 and they dont care. WOW.