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Developer who received $3.5M city grant linked to de Blasio campaign donations

Relatives and affiliates of Salmar Properties head donated $55K in July
August 15, 2016 02:30PM

Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Family and business affiliates of a developer who received a $3.5 million city grant in 2014 donated $55,000 to Bill de Blasio’s re-election campaign last month.

Several members of the Rusi family made donations between July 6 and July 11. Sal Rusi, who didn’t donate any money, is the CEO of Salmar Properties, the New York Post reported.  The firm owns the 1.1 million-square-foot Manufacturing Complex Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park, for which it received a $3.5 million grant from the Economic Development Corporation in December 2014.

One of the donors, Sal Rusi’s son Selim, donated $4,950 even though he was barred from giving that amount because he does business with the city. A spokesperson for the New York City Campaign Finance Board told the Post that it asked the de Blasio campaign to return most Selim Rusi’s donated money.

A spokesperson for de Blasio’s campaign claimed “to draw a connection with a grant awarded almost two years ago is beyond absurd.”

Three relatives of Marvin Schein, who co-owns Salmar, also donated $4,950 each between July 6 and 11. [NYP]Konrad Putzier