Shulman, LDC register as lobbyists

Claire Shulman

Claire Shulman

Former Borough President Claire Shulman and her advocacy firm The Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC have formally registered as lobbyists with the city and have received more than $215,000 in compensation since 2007.

According to the city’s Lobbying Bureau, Shulman, Anne Marie Boranian, Nicholas Roberts and Gertrude La Forgia have each registered as lobbyists for both 2008 and 2007 under the LDC’s name. Since 2007, the group has been paid $216,666.63 to lobby legislators and city officials to support the redevelopment of Willets Point.

The LDC’s registration with the city comes less than three weeks after property owners at Willets Point accused Shulman of illegally lobbying on behalf of the city, a charge Shulman’s consulting firm, the Parkside Group, called a “cheap political attack.”

Shulman and other members of the LDC have been outspoken supporters of the Willets Point redevelopment and the former borough president said she planned to meet with each City Council member in the coming weeks to attempt to sway them to support the city’s vision for revamping the area.

It was unclear this morning if Shulman or the LDC had been fined for not previously registering. Michael McSweeney, acting director and spokesman for the lobbying bureau, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Details to come.

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