Councilmember Gjonaj spent over $20K in taxpayer funds on contractors tied to campaign donors

Spending included almost $10K to All Pro Design & Construction Corp.

TRD New York /
Dec.December 14, 2018 08:30 AM

Mark Gjonaj

City Councilmember Mark Gjonaj spent $22,800 of Council money on firms linked with donors to his campaign during his first seven months on the job.

The total includes $9,700 that his office spent at All Pro Design & Construction Corp., which has the same Bronx address as MP Realty Group Corp., where Gjonaj is listed as owner and president, according to POLITICO. Both firms are based at 970 Morris Park Avenue.

The CEO registered at All Pro donated $2,000 to Friends of Mark Gjonaj in January 2017. Gjonaj also spent $5,200 on campaign donor Clarke and Son Signs, $3,900 on Sound Design Alarm Inc. and $3,000 on Continental Construction & Painting.

This is Gjonaj’s first term as a Councilmember. He previously served in the State Assembly, and an analysis from The Real Deal last August found that Gjonaj had accepted almost $100,000 from the real estate industry in his City Council race, vastly outpacing other candidates in the race.

GJonaj spokesman Reginald Johnson told POLITICO that the payment to All Pro was for work they did on renovations to his district office.

“As someone that worked in the industry, the Councilman has the benefit of knowing vendors that do great work at fair prices,” he said. “So, he’s certainly not going to peruse Angie’s List or the PennySaver to find a random contractor whose work he’s not familiar with.” [POLITICO] – Eddie Small

Related Articles

An example of roll-off waste management (Credit: YouTube, iStock)

Big building owners prevent city from dumping container-pickup in trash-collection reform

“I can talk about erections all day”: NAR tech consultant’s bizarre fireside chat

From left: REBNY president Jim Whelan, the Downtown Alliance chairman Ric Clark, and the NYC Hospitality Alliance president Melba Wilson (Credit: Facebook, iStock, Melba's Restaurant)

Business groups seize chance to amend commercial waste bill

Council member Vanessa Gibson (Credit: New York City Council)

Commercial landlords face new fines as City Council passes anti-harassment bill

As House begins impeachment inquiry, here’s what we know about Trump’s Ukraine-real estate ties

The Daily Digest - Tuesday

SoftBank’s woes go far beyond WeWork, council bill targets commercial tenant harassment: Daily digest

Embattled Prodigy Network CEO Rodrigo Niño to step down

The Watchtower building at 25 Columbia Heights, CIM Group’s Shaul Kuba (right) and LIVWRK’s Asher Abehsera (Credit: Wikipedia, CIM Group, and LinkedIn)

JPMorgan leads $335M refi for CIM and LIVWRK’s Watchtower renovation