We got a bit of a laugh in the new issue of the Sea Cliff/Glen Head Herald, when Glen Cove’s highly paid, Westchester-based attorney Michael Zarin was quoted: “I think there may be something more internal going on with Sea Cliff.”
Sure, because the City of Glen Cove has no “internal issues” of its own to contend with, right, Michael? pot = kettle, Mr. Zarin.
It takes a lot of nerve to attack the Village of Sea Cliff now – all they ever asked for is for a legal accord that the City of Glen Cove signed to be respected. Do you respect the law, Mr. Zarin? In fact, so much of the chaos and turmoil now surrounding the project could have been avoided if Glen Cove and the developer simply honored this agreement and kept the construction to a reasonable height instead of gargantuan 11-story towers.
But what would Mr. Zarin know about honor?
After all, this is the same attorney who prostituted himself last year – arguing that the 2,500 or so vehicles added to Glen Cove at Garvies Point will have no effects and traffic or congestion, while simultaneously arguing that a much smaller project nearby should be halted due to traffic concerns. A real class act…
After all, this is the same attorney who stood up at a the bond hearing last Fall and cited two minuscule paragraphs from deep within the land sale agreement with RXR to explain a new $100+ million bond the developer was now forcing the City of Glen Cove to take on. (at the same hearing he was unable to accurately explain just who is responsible if this loans defaults – something that should trouble you no matter what you think of this project.)
After all, this is the same attorney who savagely attacked opposing counsel Amy Marion in a Nassau County courtroom, relying on personal character assassinations rather than fact or the letter of the law.
After all, this is the same attorney who cited “unforeseen construction costs” when RXR forced Glen Cove to violate the agreement they had entered into and pay for “horizontal amenities” that RXR agreed to pay for all along. We’re supposed to believe your promise of “$600 million in new revenues for the city, Mr. Zarin, when you can’t even accurately forecast select construction costs over 10 years – to the tune of being $100 million off?
After all, this is the same attorney who just worked with the Glen Cove Community Development Agency and Industrial Development Agency to terminate our Land Development Agreement – which took so many years to build some consensus around – and replace it with this new “Garvies Point Continuing Covenants Agreement” – a re-work with terms that significantly favor developer RXR over the City of Glen Cove (and has had no public input).
After all – and perhaps most importantly – this is the same attorney who has continually blurred the lines of just who he’s representing… He’s paid by the hard-working residents of Glen Cove, but so often seems to be working at RXR’s behest. In fact, when pressed at a hearing, Mr. Zarin admitted that he had indeed represented (and was compensated by) RXR / Rechler in the past. But that aside (we understand attorneys who specialize in small areas of practice may run into such conflicts of interest although this should have been made clear from the outset), when one views the videos or reads transcripts at many of the hearings, it quickly becomes apparent that Mr. Zarin is speaking for – some might conclude working for – RXR Realty, not Glen Cove!
Not only is such behavior morally bankrupt (he’s being paid by Glen Cove to fight for Glen Cove, not RXR), but it’s certainly a violation of legal ethics, and possibly illegal. The New York State Bar Association should be made aware of his “dual” representation, complete with hearing transcripts which easily back up this assertion.
Mr. Zarin – you’re paid by Glen Cove, yet you fight for RXR. You’re not so much a “Special Counsel” as a (desperate) attack dog now. All residents of Glen Cove should be ashamed to have paid this man millions of our tax dollars since 2009.
Here’s a challenge, Mr. Zarin. Respond to and explain each of these new zoning and legal questions about Garvies Point using our Contact Form. We’d be happy to publish your answers right here. If you have any.