Paladino Hates Subsidies to _Other_ Developers

22 Sep

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Consider the irony – the better word, really is “chutzpah” of poor, downtrodden Carl Paladino complaining mightily about the $5 million the city of Buffalo will be granting its favored developer, Mark Croce, to rehabilitate the Statler.

The irony stems, of course, from the fact that Paladino’s real estate empire would crumble if he suddenly lost all of his government leases, and wouldn’t have grown to where it is today without upwards of $12 million in tax subsidies.  It’s not every company that has the political clout to receive $1.4 million in tax subsidies in order to invest only $1.1 million into a few Buffalo properties and creating exactly one job – $3 million from the Empire Zone program altogether, with a gain of only 25 jobs.  He bought access to those programs with his generousness to politicians and candidates, yet he’s on the outs with the Brown Administration, so now he’s going to disingenuously try and prevent a competing developer from getting public money to rehabilitate an historic downtown building.

Carl was Masiello’s favorite. How many questionable last-minute-on-Friday demos did Carl get under Tony’s watch? Now, others have taken his place and Carl is having none of it. Carl’s access to the Buffalo News used to be as wide as an airport hangar. Now he’s engaged in a blood feud with publisher Stan Lipsey, who permitted his reporters to actually investigate Carl’s business and political dealings.  Had it been up to Paladino, the Webb Building would have been razed instead of rehabilitated by Rocco Termini with historic tax credits.

Paladino’s understanding of “private sector initiative” is which politician is in whose corner.

The irony is delightful.

Paladino threatened to seek an injunction against the city’s Statler subsidy to Croce.

Croce dismissed the threat. “Good luck with that. I’ll see you in court, Carl,” he said during a separate interview. “Anybody can sue in this great country if they want. I’ve seen Carl waste a lot of money on frivolous lawsuits.”

Of course, in Niagara Falls, Paladino’s Giacomo is one of the few downtown “jewels”.  Paladino bought the United Office Building for $1.00 and reportedly rents space in it to Empire State Development for $15/SF. The going rate in downtown Niagara Falls is more like 1/3 of that amount.

15 Responses to “Paladino Hates Subsidies to _Other_ Developers”

  1. wolfpack September 22, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    We have the right to ocmplain in this countrty and Paladino complains for his owns interests and these are often the interests of the taxpayers. Croce has parking lots outside of Shea’s that the City only charged $5 for and now $20 is the norm. Anni DiFranco received several millions for her profit-making company to fix the church (Bruce Fisher’s brother solicited that money). Jim Sandoro received monies for his museum of old cars. Brown sat on $15 million and dolled out $5 million to Croce on a wish and a prayer that anything will ever develop at the Statler. No jobs, and no shame.

  2. Buck Turgidson September 22, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Paladino hate subsidies for other developers, and wnymedia hates Paladino. We get it.

    • Alan Bedenko September 22, 2011 at 8:42 am #

      That’s why we’ll keep writing about that hypocritical horseporn peddler and collector of housing court violations.

  3. Bbill September 22, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    By teabagger standards, Carl is reasonable and non-hysterical.

  4. pirate's code September 22, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    “Predatory journalism.”  I’d love to know what Carl thinks that means.

    “Predatory” is to Carl as “diatribe” is to Illuzzi.

  5. buffalo progressive September 22, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Wolfpack, Carl’s interests are aligned with Carl’s interests…  It is not in the taxpayer’s interest to give away land for free, so he can make tonnes of money by renting them back to the government; as one example.

  6. ARMY Veteran September 22, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    I know Carl Paladino.  He is a con man and a lier  He manipulates Buffalo politics so he can get his lucrative deals passed.  Carl would be broke if his wife’s father didn’t give him a job and then leave the Ellicott Building to him.  Carl’s father-in-law gave him a start and then Carl used his mob influences to steamroll over any of his competitors who also wanted free government or taxpayer money and government properties.  Carl – admit it – your wife is the reason you are successful.  You are an idiot and a looser – not to mention a hooker monger.  Carl, when do you go to Vegas again…  Also, where did the last $3 million from your campaign come from???  Karma!

  7. Black Rock Lifer September 22, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Carl, like Chris Collins is part of the entitled class. How dare any of you question the purity of his intentions. Carl is here to save us all from the big bad government and the all powerful Buffalo News. He and his tea party friends are smarter, richer, and know more than any mere citizen. We should blindly follow his lead and never question any of his dealings.

  8. ARMY Veteran September 22, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Carl turned away from the Tea Party after the primaries last year during his campaign.  The largest tea party leaders around the State were PISSED.  Carl now pretends to be a Tea Party spokesperson, since that is all he has now is the support from a small group of crazy Buffalo activists who themselves have been paid-off through Carl and his cronies.  He uses these morons as his group of thugs to shake-down politicians and get his deals passed.  Sad, Sad, Sad.

  9. jld September 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    OK…where do I sign up to get this free financial aid as Croce wants…I have a few residential multi unit apartment buildings I would like to buy…of course …with the taxpayers money!
    Carl has a point..the subsidies he receives is the same ANYONE can apply for…unlike Croce’s gift of MILLION$

    and…how much of this will kick back into polticians coffers..ok .YOU geuss the politician…ahhh politics and business intertwined..AT IT’S BEST…screw you .the common taxpayer!

  10. Tony September 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    “Consider the irony – the better word, really is “chutzpah” of poor, downtrodden Carl Paladino complaining mightily about the $5 million the city of Buffalo will be granting its favored developer, Mark Croce, to rehabilitate the Statler.

    The irony stems, of course, from the fact that Paladino’s real estate empire would crumble if he suddenly lost all of his government leases, and wouldn’t have grown to where it is today without upwards of $12 million in tax subsidies”

    Alan is a grant the same as a subsidy?

    • Alan Bedenko September 23, 2011 at 6:11 am #

      @Tony: It’s public money being used to subsidize a private business venture. Yes, it’s the same thing.

  11. RaChaCha September 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Carl Paladino does not restore the cornices of his buildings! He clearly has no place in polite society.

  12. rastamick61 September 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    In line with pro-lifers cheering Rick Perry’s body count in Texas, nothing is amiss here.

  13. Allen Miller September 26, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    whoossshhhhh

    That was the sound of the bullet that we missed when this guy wanted to become governor. Fortunately it was a wide miss and hopefully we will never see him again.

    @rastamick61
    As a pro-lifer (anti abortion, anti-death penalty, anti-war , anti assisted suicide etc.) . I have never been able to figure this one out how you can be pro-life but somehow be OK with death penalty. I also see a hypocrisy with people who oppose death penalty but somehow see abortion (especially late term abortion) as nothing more than a choice.

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