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'It wasn't just the purchase of a lemon, it was the purchase of a jumbo lemon', Sen. Johnson tells Daily News

Senate committee report slams agency that runs Governors Island for buying worn-out ferry




Tuesday, August 18th 2009, 4:00 AM


Agency that runs Governors Island drew ire for sinking more than $900,000 on this ferry, then selling the useless boat on eBay for $23,600.

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ALBANY - All in all, it was a ferry stupid idea.



(Times Union of Albany) Johnson: Ferry Report Signals Need for Authority Reform


Johnson: ferry report signals need for authority reform

by James M. Odato

Sen. Craig Johnson said his Committee on Investigations and Government Operations’ report on the expensive mistake made by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp., which bought a ferry it never used, shows the need for reform of the public authorities.

He also blasted GIPEC for making a “disingenuous apology for the purchase of a rusted and unusable ferry in a debacle that wasted nearly $900,000 in taxpayer funds.”


NY POST: Gov. Is. deal hulluva ferry fia$co


By: Brendan Scott

ALBANY – A state Senate panel yesterday called for an overhaul of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp. after the state agency sank nearly $1 million into a dilapidated ferry that it later sold on eBay – for just $23,600.


(NY Daily News Editorial) Ferry poor judgment: Knucklehead Governors Island boss shipwrecks boat buy

Ferry poor judgment: Knucklehead Governors Island boss shipwrecks boat buy


Everyone who has been around New York for more than a few minutes knows that purchasing on faith is never a good idea - everyone, it seems, except Leslie Koch.

Possessed of a rare combination of gullibility and cavalier indifference to money, Koch exhibits a steadfast belief in buying virtually sight unseen, no matter how loopy her acquisition patently is.


Senator Johnson to Hold NYRA Hearing in Elmont

ELMONT, N.Y. -- Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, announced he will be holding a hearing on the condition of the New York Racing Association's finances, its threat to hurt the local economy by canceling the Belmont Stakes, and how NYRA used a $105 million taxpayer-funded bailout.