Opinion January 20, 20131
BatteryPark.TV has previously reported on the long delays in the opening of the Asphalt Green facility caused by contract disputes between then CEO of the BPCA, Gayle Horwitz, and Asphalt Green. Hired by Ms. Horwitz, Anne Fenton was the chief architect of a lengthy misinformation strategy to explain to the outraged community that the delays were due to city permit processes, rather than the actual contract standoff.
Gayle Horwitz, and her boss, former Chairman Bill Thompson, are no longer at the BPCA. However, Ms. Fenton remains. BP.TV has exclusively obtained the details of Fenton’s salary raise.
On December 12, 2012, long after it was revealed that she was misleading the community over Asphalt Green, Anne Fenton received a promotion of duties and raise in pay. Her new job title is now “Executive Vice President, Operations”, and her salary was boosted by a whopping 45%, from $100,000 to $145,000.
In this economic depression and high unemployment in the New York area, and with budget restraints throughout city and state government, it seems to be a tone-deaf political move by the BPCA to grant raises, not to mention a 45% raise. What political compromise might have caused this move is unknown.
As VP of Operations, Ms. Fenton oversaw the most recent scandal caused by the BPCA, which was the use of lengthy RFP’s to delay the reconstruction of the ballfields on Murray Street, jeopardizing the little League season. BP.TV exclusively reported that the bylaws of the BPCA, in fact, did not require RFP’s. After community outrage, once again, the BPCA recently announced that there would be a change in strategy to allow for immediate work to begin.
If you are incensed and fed up by this lack of accountability by our unelected BPCA officials, and the consequential harm done to the community, please speak up and post your comments.