Recently, Glenwood Management has become the center of controversy as a result of its connection to the Skelos federal corruption trial. Now, news sources report that the company provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to members of the New York’s Senate Ethics Committee. Since 2012, Glenwood has contributed a total of 227,000 to Ethics Committee members. Glenwood was also the largest political donor in NYS last year.
Sen. Phil Boyle (R-LI) received Glenwood’s most generous cut, taking in $105,000. Democratic Queens Senators Tony Avella and Michael Gianaris received $40,000 and $25,000 from Glenwood. Senators Hugh Farley (R-Schenectady), Terrence Murphy (R-Westchester) and Thomas Croci (R-LI) reportedly received contributions as well. Over the course of his career, Gov. Cuomo has received approximately $1.2 million from the company. Mayor de Blasio has received 20,200, though he has stated that some of the money will be returned.
“If you serve in a position of trust for an ethics watchdog or committee, then you have to lead by example,” John Kaehny, executive director of Reinvent Albany, stated “The ethical and right thing to do would be to return the dirty LLC money [referring to money contributed not by Glenwood, but by LLCs connected with it].”