Monday, October 15, 2012

Best Comment Of The Day: Secrecy-Shrouded And Shady

Anonymous has left the following comment on the post "Homeless Shelter For Scarano-Designed Building On West 9th Street In Carroll Gardens?": 
"Robert Hess not Richard Hess is associated with this.
All 501c3 orgs are required to file a Form 990 to the IRS detailing their activities including salaries paid to officers. See It is worth checking out all the orgs the people associated with this fiasco.Aguila is a Bronx based outfit that has merged with Housing Solutions, per Hess's letter. As Housing Solutions was created in 2012 little information is available beyond their tax payer ID number. For what it is worth the public disclosure for Aguila's Executive Director, Peter Rivera, is that he paid himself a salary of $107,000 in 2011.
I would encourage folks to do background checks on the people associated with Housing Solutions.
The people associated with Housing Solutions and Aguila might well be free of corrupt practices. However, the fact of the secrecy-shrouded and shady way this matter has been handled (Brad Lander, hope you are reading this), should make us concerned. Without a full engagement with the community, corruption related questions should continue to arise.Per their website, the following individuals are associated with Housing Solutions: Robert V. Hess, Cara Pace, Alex Brussovansky, Adam Huron, Jennifer Lim, Carl F. Schwartz, Esq., Charles Wertman, Esq., Daniel G. Murphy. "It is reasonable to research these individuals as much as we can.


Anonymous said...

Aguila Inc.: an "Organization with a substantial portion of support from a governmental unit ..."

Revenue (from the City) for 2011: $28.5MM

Salaries and benefits (2011): $5.5MM

Other Expenses (2011): $23MM

Their compensation ratio is around 20% By way of comparison, JP Morgan Chase's most recent was 30% Aguila - a publicly funded organization - is up there with the bulge brackets when it comes to paying themselves!

One also wonders what is included in other expenses? Opportunities for procurement-related siphoning.

Anonymous said...

Excellent article on this croneyism in the works at:

Anonymous said...

Charles Wertman is on the board of Housing Solutions and, according to the deed for the proposed shelter, is related to the owner of the building.

Seems he has been suspended from the NY Bar at some point; non payment of dues which could be related to something questionable.

Any lawyers around that can provide insight as to whether this is substantial?