Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christine Quinn Emily Giske Anne Washburn Friends of the High Line Slush Fund Allegations of Corruption

City & State investigates the use of taxpayer money to benefit Friends of the High Line. This taxpayer money is funneled to FOTHL through New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's slush fund accounts. Lobbyist and former high level state Democratic Party official Emily Giske's wife is connected to FOTHL, and Giske is close personal friends with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. In the past, Giske has been retained to do lobbying work for Friends of the High Line to do what else -- lobby Speaker Quinn ! There's a lot of shady conflicts of interest here, with the appearances of possibilities of taxpayer money flowing through FOTHL back to conflicted parties, lobbyists, and close personal friends of Speaker Quinn. This is a situation that appears to be ripe for graft. How do Speaker Quinn, Emily Giske, Giske's wife (Anne Washburn), and FOTHL get away with this ?

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