December 11, 2018- The Post reports that former BPCA board member under the Mehiel administration, Fernando Mateo, plagued in scandal and secretly ousted from the BPCA without proper public disclosure, is in trouble again.
“A controversial Upper Manhattan restaurant run by a key figure in the City Hall corruption scandal faces closure following the suspension of its liquor license over scores of violations and the drug arrest of a manager, The Post has learned.
La Marina was ordered to immediately stop serving booze in an “emergency summary order of suspension” issued by the State Liquor Authority last week.
The Hudson River hotspot, located on city parkland in Inwood, is co-owned by Fernando Mateo, a former cabby advocate and campaign fundraiser for Mayor de Blasio.
Mateo became enmeshed in pay-for-play allegations surrounding Hizzoner when he admitted to The Post in 2016 that he’d funneled $18,800 in “straw donations” to the mayor’s campaign in a failed bid to score a city job for a female associate.
Since July, the SLA has slapped La Marina with 88 violations, including allegedly serving booze to minors and drunken customers, failing to meet health and safety codes, and permitting drug trafficking on premises.
On Nov. 20, La Marina’s bar manager, Christian Mendez, 33, was arrested for allegedly selling cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana to undercover cops seven times since late July, police said.
Mendez — who’s since been fired — allegedly had 32 ecstasy pills on him when he was busted. He denies any wrongdoing.”