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Eric Adams (Getty, iStock / Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)

In the overcrowded mayoral race, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is one of the candidates seen as friendlier to real estate – as evidenced by donations to his current campaign for mayor, as well as previous donations to a nonprofit organization overseen by his office.

It is the latter that have recently been called into question; a new report from The City has linked donations to the nonprofit, the One Brooklyn Fund, to developers and lobbyists who had business in the borough. The fund received $ 322,750 between 2015 and 2019 from various sources who, according to the report, “were at the time seeking the favors of [Adams] involving various projects.

These contributors include Two Trees Management, which is redeveloping the huge Domino sugar refinery site in Williamsburg. Around 2016 and 2017, when Two Trees needed Adams’ support to install artificial turf in their new condo development on the Domino site, a foundation controlled by the Walentas family, owners of Two Trees, donated between 25 $ 000 and $ 80,000 to the One Brooklyn Fund, according to The City.

The following year, Two Trees employees and the Walentas family donated and raised $ 17,800 for Adams’ political campaign. A donation of $ 5,100 exceeded the limit of $ 2,000 and Adams had to repay the difference. Two Trees did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

And in August 2019, RXR Realty donated $ 10,000 to One Brooklyn Fund as the developer sought Adams backing for their residential tower project atop the Brooklyn campus in downtown Long Island University.

RXR senior vice president David Garten told the outlet that the company is donating to a number of nonprofits in Brooklyn as part of its long-term community engagement strategy.

For his mayoral campaign, Adams had the biggest war chest – $ 7.8 million last week. Controller Scott Stringer was second with $ 7.4 million, followed by Andrew Yang with $ 5 million and Ray McGuire with $ 3.6 million.

Adams’ campaign told The City: “Contributions to the campaign or to One Brooklyn in no way affect the decisions of the Borough President as a public servant.”

[The City] – Akiko Matsuda

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