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Contact Nick Person, Interim Campaign Manager, 212-307-4444
New York, NY - Carl Person, New York attorney seeking the nomination as Green Party candidate for Attorney General, reminds NYC mayor Bloomberg and George M. Steinbrenner III, the Yankees' principal owner, that the proposed f inancing of a new stadium for the Yankees would violate two provisions in the New York Constitution.
Governmental lending to private corporations is prohibited by NY CLS Const Art VIII, Section 1 (2001), as follows:
"No county, city, town, village or school district shall give or loan any money or property to or in aid of any individual, or private corporation or association, or private undertaking, or become directly or indirectly the owner of stock in, or bonds of, any private corporation or association; nor shall any county, city, town, village or school district give or loan its credit to or in aid of any individual, or public or private corporation or association, or private undertaking, except .... [omitted]".
"Special legislation" is prohibited by NY CLS Const Art III, Section 17 (2001), as follows:
"The legislature shall not pass a private or local bill in any of the following cases: * * * Granting to any private corporation, association or individual any exclusive privilege, immunity or franchise whatever [or] Granting to any person, association, firm or corporation, an exemption from taxation on real or personal property."
Attorney Person warns that "The hundred million dollar subsidy being considered for the Yankees may wind up being repaid personally by Mayor Bloomberg, as one of the NYC officials responsible for the illegal diversion of NYC taxpayer money."
NYC has too many unfulfilled needs to turn over several hundred million dollars of tax money to one of the richest baseball organizations in the world. "The Attorney General," Person continues, "would be obligated to investigate this diversion of taxpayer money and seek repayment."
"At least there would be no collection problem", observed the Green Party hopeful.
During August, 2001, Person brought suit as a private attorney general alleging that a similar proposed NYC financing of two new stadiums for the Yankees and Mets would violate these Constitutional provisions and other laws.
A copy of Person's federal-court complaint is available at www.lawmall.com/jobtheft.
Candidacy website: www.lawmall.com/carlpersonforNYattorneygeneral