The Petrelis Files
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
After rooting around the Office of the City Clerk of New York City's web page for
its Lobbying Bureau
and finding no email addresses or info regarding how to file a complaint
requesting an investigation, I phoned 1-212-NEW-YORK and eventually was
connected to a live person in the Clerk's office.
I was given the name of
the Chief Investigator, Mr. Walter Carcione, and his direct dial number, and in
a call he shared his addy with me and the following complaint was sent this
(New Yawkers oughtta be squawking about the dearth of details
for citizens looking to make complaints regarding lobbyists at their City
Clerk's web site. The Clerk wants to hear from folks about the lobbyists
wielding power with City government, right?)
A tip o' the hat to Adam
Lombardi at the Queens Politics news site for sparking my interest to file this
complaint with Carcione, with whom I'm follow up with tomorrow. Updates will
appear as they happen.
Text of my complaint:
I wish to file a
complaint against Mr. Corey Johnson, who served as Director of Government
Affairs and Community Relations for the GFI Development Company starting in July
2008 according to Crain's New York site:
Johnson, former political director for Mark Green’s 2006 attorney general
campaign, began this week as government relations director for G.F.I.
Development, a Wall Street-based real estate firm.
Seth Barron of the City Council Watch site wrote
earlier this month that Johnson may have left his lobbyist position at the
GFI Development Company in 2011.
At the Queens Politics news site, Adam
yesterday that despite being GFI Development's lobbyist for a number of
years, Johnson has not registered with the City Clerk as a lobbyist.
have searched the City Clerk's database for
registered lobbyists and Corey Johnson's name isn't listed.
your information, please be aware that Johnson is currently a candidate for the
3rd District seat on the City Council.
In my view, Johnson was legally
required to register as a lobbyist for the years in which he was employed as the
Director of Government Affairs and Community Relations at the GFI Development
Company, and there is no evidence at the City Clerk's site that he was properly
Therefore, I request that you investigate my complaint and
determine if Johnson violated City lobbying laws.