Mayor De Blasio
Inquiries to New York Union Leader Peter Ward Go Unanswered
Large Payments to a Nonprofit Linked to Mayor De Blasio and the Hotel Association Raise Questions For the past several months, we have been investigating the political and business activities of Peter Ward, who holds three lucrative union positions: president of the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC); business manager of Local 6;… Read more »
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Peter Ward
Peter Ward’s Union Gave $100,000 to the Hotel Association of NYC
Usually, labor unions and the business organizations they negotiate with have an adversarial relationship. That’s why it raised questions for us when we discovered that the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC)—the labor union representing over 35,000 hotel workers in the Empire State—gave $100,000 last year to the Hotel Association of New York City,… Read more »
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Letter of Inquiry to PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman
July 31, 2015   Chairman Audrey Zibelman New York State Public Service Commission 90 Church St New York, NY 10007 Dear Ms. Zibelman: My name is Scott Peterson, and I am the executive director of the Checks and Balances Project. We’re a pro-clean energy public watchdog blog that examines the influence of corporate management and… Read more »
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#NYFrackingScandal Hits Cuomo Administration: Newly Disclosed Documents Show Conflicts of Interest
With only two days before the expected release of New York’s Environmental Impact Assessment on fracking (also known by the industry term hydraulic fracturing), Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is at the center of a new conflict of interest scandal regarding two of his top aides.  Today, seven groups requested the Albany County District Attorney General… Read more »
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America’s Fracking Concerns
Studies across the nation reveal legitimate worries exist across party lines Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” as it is more commonly known, is a growing concern in the minds of many Americans according to a recent national survey. Fracking is the practice of sticking toxic chemicals into the ground to get to natural gas. And as… Read more »
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