A beauty supplies business owner who donated to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign met with city officials about rezoning his Queens property to make way for a hotel, DNAinfo reported, citing sources.
Sm-Ali “Alex” Amanollahi met with the officials in 2015 and 2016, according to the website, asking for help with rezoning the site at 23-04 94th Street in East Elmhurst. His plan was to build a hotel for travelers arriving at LaGuardia Airport. The talks included a meeting with deputy mayor Alicia Glen’s then-chief of staff James Patchett and one of her senior advisers, Steven Caputo, the sources said. [more]