Does Jaclyn Fulop’s business pose a ‘Katyn conflict’ for Mayor Fulop & Mack-Cali?
With the Katyn Memorial relocation slated for a city council vote, does Jaclyn Fulop’s business leasing space from a Mack-Cali property in Weehawken raise a conflict of interest for Mayor Steven Fulop?
With three agenda items related to the proposed relocation of the Katyn Memorial set for a vote at the Jersey City Council meeting tonight, a long-term resolution to the heated controversy – which has caused an international row between Mayor Steven Fulop and Polish officials – may finally be reached.
As the quarrel around the statue’s potential move has unfolded, many allegations have been lobbied regarding the close relationship between Fulop and Mack-Cali – the real estate investment trust behind the proposed relocation.
Specifically, the real estate firm donated $250,000 to a super PAC linked to Fulop’s unrealized gubernatorial hopes. Additionally, as reported by The Jersey Journal, “three of the six board members of the Exchange Place Special Improvement District, which is heading the plaza renovation project, work for Mack-Cali.”
According to Jersey Digs, the removal of the memorial is part of “the city’s plans for an “energized” waterfront walkway next to Exchange Place.”
What hasn’t been reported? That Mack-Cali also leases space to Exchange Physical Therapy Group (EPTG), the private business of Jaclyn Fulop, the mayor’s wife, in Weehawken, NJ.
Of note, according to Mayor Fulop’s financial disclosure statement, the official name of EPTG is NUNYA Healthcare.
According to a tweet from Jaclyn, the commercial lease with Mack-Cali, at 500 Avenue at Port Imperial, was agreed upon by at least January 2017. The doors to EPTG in Weehawken officially opened on June 1, 2017, according to the company’s twitter account.
With access to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NY Waterway ferry at Port Imperial and ample parking available, the space is certainly a prime location. That’s in addition to the nearly unobstructed views of Midtown Manhattan.
Terms of the lease, as well as information related to the marketing of the commercial space, remain unknown at this time. Of note, according to a real estate agent, Mack-Cali does not use the Multiple Listing Service for their properties.
Mack-Cali did not respond to email and phone call messages seeking comment on the lease details. EPTG did not respond to a message sent through their website’s contact page.
While the lease details and marketing of the commercial space by Mack-Cali are unknown, EPTG is apparently a highly-rated company. Unlike Domino’s Pizza on Communipaw Ave., the physical therapy business has 62 reviews on Yelp – all of which are 5-stars (going back to 2012).
Furthermore, EPTG and Mack-Cali are no strangers to charitable giving. Along with other businesses, the two companies helped raise $120,293 for the Liberty Humane Society (LHS). The funds raised were dedicated to starting the “1st mobile subsidized spay &neuter program,” according to a tweet from EPTG.
“We are thrilled to have the support of Exchange Physical Therapy Group and Jaclyn Fulop for this new life-saving spay/neuter program,” said Irene Borngraeber, executive director of LHS, in a press release.
I couldn’t be more proud of ExchangePhysicalTherapyGroup for raising over 120k to start th1st mobile subsidized spay &neuter program. Not only did we fund the program, but we raised enough w the help of our corporate sponsors to buy the surgical van for @libertyhumanesociety. pic.twitter.com/aHA1NjIVqb
— ExchangePhysicalTherapyGroup (@EPTG_JC) April 13, 2018
Earlier this week Real Jersey City exclusively reported that two months after winning reelection, Jersey City’s first family purchased an $820,000 property in Narragansett, Rhode Island – the hometown of Jaclyn Fulop.
Fulop Administration spokesperson Hannah Peterson did not respond to an email seeking comment on this story. Of note, the Fulop Administration has instituted an “ignore” policy for this journalist.
I appreciate that @JC_Gov Public Safety Director James Shea is getting straight to the point, but, for the record, I do write very polite emails to @KimWallaceJC. #JerseyCity pic.twitter.com/VWTJKPs0gf
— Real Jersey City (@RealJerseyCity) March 4, 2018