The High Line contractor - Kiska Construction Corporation - lavished gifts on three government officials overseeing the project. In September 2008, the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) leveled more than $14,000 in fines against three city employees including two from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and one from the Parks Department (DPR) for accepting gifts from the construction company building the High Line. (Photo: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on image to enlarge.
Nazir Mir, the former Vice President of Capital Programs for EDC was fined $ 11,500 accepting gifts for a portion of his son's honeymoon trip for Istanbul, Turkey valued at $4,000 and two meals at New York City restaurants, valued collectively in excess of $50.00, from Kiska Construction, a firm doing business with EDC and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Kiska had been awarded three major contracts by EDC and Parks related to construction at the High Line. Mr. Mir supervised the Project Manager of the High Line project.
Leonard Greco, Vice President for the New York City Economic and lead Project Manager for the High Line was fined $2,000.00 for four meals. Michael Bradley Administrative Project Manager for the DPR who served as the Project Administrator for the High Line accepted two meals and was fined $600.00.
They all admitted violating the City 's conflict of interest law which prohibits a public servant from accepting a valuable gift defined by Board Rules as anything which has a value of $50.00 or more. - Geoffrey Croft
The company, Kiska Construction Corporation, had more than $60 million in contracts with the city’s Economic Development Corporation to “pretty much build 75 percent of the High Line,” Kiska vice president Alp Baysal told The New York World, “from the structure holding it all up to the finishing touches on the rails.”