Some of the criminal complaint filed against Skelos is based on statements and cooperation from “cooperating witness 1,” who is Charles Dorego of Glenwood Management. Glenwood is a development company owned by Leonard Litwin, who is the state’s most generous political donor. Litwin is a major donor to Cuomo.
With Glenwood now appearing in both the Skelos and Silver cases, there is scrutiny on the money Cuomo has received from Litwin and his holdings. One progressive good-government group, EffectiveNY, called on Cuomo to give back donations he has received.
The governor said his relationship with Glenwood is simply candidate-donor.
“They are a donor of mine,” he said. “They are a donor of many elected officials across the state. And that’s basically the interaction (I have with them).”
He added that Glenwood and its executives have never spoken with him or his administration about the 421-a tax abatement program for developers or rent control regulations, both of which the company has a major stake in.
“I don’t believe anyone has said Glenwood has done anything wrong,” the governor said when asked if he would continue to accept or solicit donations from the company and its affiliates.
“If somebody did something wrong, then obviously I wouldn’t associate with them politically,” he added. “But if no one did anything wrong, then you can’t just say, ‘You have no right to participate in the political process.’”
Nahh, Glenwood's done nothing wrong despite showing up in both the Silver and Skelos indictments.
I'm sure Glenwood's bag man to the politicians got a non-prosecutorial agreement from the feds in return for providing evidence against Skelos just because he's a nice guy and Preet likes him.
And I'm sure Bharara isn't scrutinizing you over the Glenwood money.