An article in the NY Times included the illustrious RXR leader Scott Rechler as one of several state oligarchs making hefty donations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in exchange for (or as thanks for?) powerful appointments on state-operated organizations like the Port Authority.
Of course Rechler’s appointment to chair the PA was something we questioned over a year and a half ago. It seemed Scott’s wife, Barbara Rechler, sure liked to make political contributions. lol.
The larger question now is why does Governor Cuomo turn such a blind eye to how toxic Garvies Point is – and all of the toxins RXR is funneling into Hempstead Harbor as we speak, thanks to the installation of their “French drain.” (not really a vote of confidence for this project… one simple drain is exceeding the DEP’s limit on numerous toxic waste, including radioactive waste).
Governor Cuomo has paid a lot of lip service towards improving the Long Island Sound – announcing a “$10.4 million effort to improve Long Island’s water quality and bolster the economies and resiliency of coastal communities by restoring native shellfish populations.”
But certified experts have warned that RXR’s development at Garvies Point will be a significant setback to the health of our shellfish. We guess when it comes to his largest political donor, Gov. Cuomo isn’t really too interested in restoring our waterways and saving Hempstead Harbor?
Why does Scott Rechler (and his wife) make such lavish political contributions to state and county elected officials? Could it be that maybe – just maybe – RXR is building developments the public doesn’t want?