Real Estate Pouring Money to Land Use Chair’s Campaign

By Ivan Pentchoukov
Ivan Pentchoukov
Ivan Pentchoukov
Ivan has reported for The Epoch Times on a variety of topics since 2011.
July 16, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Players in the real estate industry have contributed $11,900 to the campaign of Mark Weprin, the chair of the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises, based on a review of filings with the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

The committee vets land use applications from developers before they go to the full City Council.

Weprin’s campaign reported receiving $44,650 in private funds for his 2017 council campaign. His is the third highest campaign chest of all the city candidates who filed reports with the CFB.

Several of the contributions are related to land use decisions made by the committee this year.

The committee passed several land use applications from TF Cornerstone Inc. and Downtown RE Holdings LLC Inc. on April 24. James F. Capalino and Associates, a registered lobbying firm for TF Cornerstone and Downtown RE Holdings, donated $1,000 to Weprin’s campaign in four installments from different lobbyists in May.

Weprin’s committee also passed six land use applications by Two Trees Management LLC on April 24. James Van Bramer and Joni Yoswein, two registered lobbyists for Two Trees Management, donated $500 to Weprin’s campaign on May 10. Barbara Van Bramer, who resides in the same zipcode as James Van Bramer, donated $250 on the same day.

The committee also votes on sidewalk permits for restaurants. Weprin’s campaign received $1,750 from restaurateurs.

Weprin’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Ivan has reported for The Epoch Times on a variety of topics since 2011.