Governor Pataki replaced Robert Boyle as chairman of the corporation overseeing the Javits Convention Center Friday. Boyle has disagreed with Charles Gargano, a top Pataki economic development aide, about the design for the $1.4 billion expansion of the center, located in the far West 30’s.
Back in 1997, Pataki had high praise for the man: “Bob Boyle transformed the Javits Center from a mob-infested facility burdened by high costs and poor service into one of the premier convention centers in the world with a seemingly unending list of shows and exhibits.” But Friday an aide to the Governor said that it made sense to replace Boyle since he was a registered lobbyist and that his term had expired long ago. Boyle, who was appointed chairman in 1995, will remain on the governing board of the convention center.
State Assemblymember Richard Brodsky, a Democrat running for state Attorney General, said the decision was made because of the opinions Boyle put forth at a Dec.14 state hearing. “This all came out of the hearing, at which he opposed the Gargano model,” said Brodsky, who chairs the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions. The Pataki aide called that contention “ridiculous…. Ask Brodsky if he thinks a registered lobbyist should be chairman of the operating corporation.”
Boyle favors putting the convention center hotel on 42nd Street, while Gargano believes it should go on 34th or 36th streets along 11th avenue.
Joseph Spinnato, the president of Hotel Association of New York, has been named as the new chairman of the Convention Center Operating Corporation.