So far the Mayor's decision has cost the city millions in lost revenue. The Bloomberg administration was finally forced to revoke the license after Poll failed to reach a labor agreement with Local 6, which had represented the old Tavern on the Green workers.
Mr. Poll was awarded the new Tavern On The Green Contract despite a 2007 audit of the Boathouse operations by then-city Controller William Thompson that found Poll had underreported more than $2.3 million in revenues to the city over a two-year period.
At a March 31, 2011 City Council hearing, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe alluded that the reason Tavern On The Green and other restaurants closed was due to the Unions. This came after pointed questioning from Parks Committee Chairperson Melissa Mark-Viverto who did not share Mr. Benepe's assessments.
"Boathouse Management has investigated these claims and found that there is no basis for any of them," Mr. Weissman said via email Friday. He said allegations of union-busting were “untrue” and that claims of racial and sexual harassment were “totally false.”
“Not one of the elected officials who spoke out at yesterday’s rally has ever inquired as to any of these claims,” said Mr. Weisman. “The Boathouse welcomes the opportunity to speak with them about any concerns they might have.”
According to the Parks Department website, the city’s contract with Mr. Poll extends until Dec. 31, 2021.