Forest City Residential has withdrawn their "Invoice" to City of New Rochelle for Echo Bay Project but we have obtained a copy of the spreadsheet attached to the "Demand Letter" first reported by Talk of the Sound on February 10th:
Forest City has sent the City of New Rochelle a Demand Letter for $2 million in connection with the failed Echo Bay project.
The letter claims that Forest City spent roughly $3 million on legal, consulting and lobbying fees in connection with the project.
UPDATE 2/10 8:10 PM FC-DemandLetter-2014-02.pdf [This is the letter, still working to get the attached spreadsheet]
We finally got the spreadsheet (it was held up by the City of New Rochelle's new Corporation Counsel as he evaluated whether the document could be released as a public record; it became moot once the demand in the Demand Letter was dropped).
As you can see, the copy we received was of poor quality, and using OCR technology to convert to an Excel spreadsheet was out of the question. So, my son graciously agreed to enter all of the data by hand (if you find any errors let me know but the TOTALS checksum with the FINAL TOTAL).
Here is the spreadsheet which you can download:
Here are the totals broken down by category:
Here are the total aggregated by company:
When you cull out the information, there are three companies getting the majority of the money in the demand letter:
All three of these companies were Bramson donors in the Westchester County Executive Race in 2013.
Others on the list also donated. Of course, the Ratner family donated along with other "FC companies".
As always, readers are free to draw their own conclusions.
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