In today's NY Post the paper's Dave Seifman reports on the generosity bestowed by the Related Companies on Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion and the rest of the borough's political powers. It's the least the company could do since it was Carrion and Jose Rivera who paved the way for the outrageous sweetheart deal for the Bronx Terminal Market that was crafted for the company.
It will be interesting to see just how this whole scenario plays out in 2009-or even before if the rumors of a federal investigation about development deals in the Bronx are true. Whatever the feds are looking at here , for us the real villains are located elsewhere, and if they're going to investigate they should be looking not-"at the thief who steals the goose from off the commons," but at the greater felon "who steals the commons from the goose."
What we are now seeing, however, is the way in which Joel Rivera, Jose's son and city council majority leader, is distancing himself from this potential sordidness by becoming a strong advocate for health. It's a smart move and will give him the kind of boost that will pave the way to the borough presidency in 2009.