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Property firm with alleged mob ties donates $10K to Jeff Klein

Bronx politician also rents his office space from the Simone Development affiliate
July 21, 2014 10:00AM

UPDATED, 4:00 p.m., July 22: State Senator Jeff Klein took in a five-figure contribution from a realty company that allegedly has mob ties.

In total, the Bronx politician has received $93,850 since 2006 from the Hutchinson Metro Center, an affiliate of Simone Development — formerly known as Hutch Realty Partners. Klein also rents his office space at the Hutchinson Center from the firm.

Michael Contillo and Joseph Deglomini were indicted in the 1990s for tax evasion, racketeering and conspiring to raid the pension funds of building trade unions with the help of organized crime. Both men pleaded guilty in 1998 to a single Class A misdemeanor count of falsifying business records. They paid a $1 million fine.

The two men were investors in Hutch Realty Partners and retain a minor, non-controlling investment in Hutchinson Metro Center, a Simone Development spokeswoman said in a follow up to the original reporting. She added that Contillo and Deglomi aren’t principals in the firm, nor are they board members of investors. [NYO] — Claire Moses