Living Wage-exempted developer donates more money to Quinn campaign
Related Companies, part of whose massive Hudson Yards project was exempted from the Living Wage bill, has donated more money to Christine Quinn's campaign.
The most recent campaign finance disclosures, released today, show that executives from Related Companies donated $6,600 to Quinn's still-undeclared campaign for mayor, between January and July.
Among the new contributions are $1,500 from Kenneth Himmel, the president and C.E.O. of Related Urban, the company's mixed-use division, and $400 from Bruce Warwick, the company's vice chairman.
This spring, the City Council passed a "living wage" compromise hammered out by Quinn. The idea was to require recipients of large city economic development subsidies to pay their employees at least $10 an hour.
The bill had a number of exemptions, including for manufacturers, for businesses with revenues of less than $5 million in revenue, and, controversially, for a portion of the massive Hudson Yards development project, underway on the far west side.
When the Times reported the Hudson Yards exemption in March, Related Companies had already donated $34,200 to the speaker's campaign.
Quinn's office says that the exemption ultimately granted to Related was significantly smaller than the developer had originally sought.
Related had no comment.