Mt. Manresa Developers Paid $65K to Former Boro President Molinaro’s Firm
By Nicholas Rizzi | December 18, 2015 7:58am
STATEN ISLAND — The lobbying firm where former Borough President James Molinaro works was paid $65,000 over the past two years to lobby the city on behalf of the controversial Mount Manresa project, records show.
The Savo Brothers — under the name Mount Builders LLC — hired Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC, of which Molinaro is a senior managing director, in 2014 to lobby the Department of Buildings, according to the Office of the City Clerk.
Molinaro, who was borough president when the 103-year-old Jesuit retreat house was sold for $15 million to be turned into townhouses despite huge protest, said he doesn’t directly lobby for the Savo Brothers and didn’t think there was anything wrong with his group working for them.