Friday, July 24, 2009

Shulman hit with $59,090 illegal lobbying fine

Fined in lobbying goof

THE CITY-FUNDED group that pushed to rezone Willets Point was slapped with a $59,090 fine yesterday because its leader, former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, forgot to register as its lobbyist.

Shulman was paid $135,000 last year by the Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corp., which got $250,000 in city funds over two years to support the rezoning.

A spokesman for the group said it will pay the fine from private donations, not city funds.

John Lauinger and Adam Lisberg, Daily News, 7/23/09