The Daily News reports that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office was misled about the sale.
The attorney general’s office signed off on the sale of the property in October 2014, not knowing the buyer, Allure Group, was going to push the city to lift the deed restriction that required the property to be operated as a nursing home, an official said.
The Allure Group turned around then and sold the property to a developer for $116 million.
Meanwhile, the Post reports that "panicked officials at the highest levels" of Mayor de Blasio's administration were working to undo the deal they made to life the deed restriction for 45 Rivington St., the former Rivington Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation.
On Feb. 24, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen’s chief of staff frantically offered a $16.1 million refund to The Allure Group, which had paid the fee to get a deed restriction lifted on the property at 45 Rivington St. The deed change allowed Allure to sell the property to a luxury-condo developer for $116 million.
In return for the refund, Allure was told, the city sought a long-term care facility or affordable housing, according to a source close to the negotiations and evidence reviewed by The Post.
And The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the previously little-known municipal agency that wields "vast power."
The Department of Citywide Administrative Services oversaw the deed modification, which allowed the Allure Group to sell the building for a $72 million profit. The Journal names the senior official within the Department who approved the modification.
Also, per the Journal:
At the time of the deed modification, the department’s commissioner was Stacey Cumberbatch, who was appointed by Mr. de Blasio in 2014. She resigned in January. No reason was given for her departure, and she moved to an administrative job with the public hospital system NYC Health + Hospitals.