Right now New York City’s Department of City Planning has 13 appointed Commissioners running the show there. But only one of them is an actual planner, the reset are representatives of various parts of the real estate development industry. The City’s Board of Standards and Appeals has a similar problem: the Chair is from a law firm that claims to represent “over 50% of the world’s richest private equity real estate investors”. For this reason, these agencies cannot make sound decisions on critical land use matters. In some instances their professional allies will actually profit from green-lighting questionable land use applications. It’s simple: the Fox is guarding the henhouse at city agencies that deal with real estate. We have an opportunity to change that, right NOW.
The City’s Charter Review Commission is currently taking comments on how to fix the City Charter. What better way than to repair these embedded conflicts of interest at the DCP and BSA than to edit the City Charter accordingly?
Please take a moment to sign our “one-click letter” to the City Charter Commission. Ask them to make it a top priority to end ‘fox guarding henhouse’ appointments at regulatory agencies like the Department of City Planning and Board of Standards and Appeals.
To find out more about the conflict of interest appointments at City Planning, click here.
Dear City Planning Commission:
Please make it a top priorities to end ‘fox guarding henhouse’ appointments at the Department of City Planning and the Bureau of Standards and Appeals. Real estate industry professionals should not be appointed as public servants in agencies that regulate real estate. You can easily fix this problem with minor edits to the City Charter.
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