Executives and others with ties to a major New York-based tugboat and ferry business made about $11,000 in contributions this year to a political action committee run by a friend of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy — a PAC that Malloy has helped to raise more than $200,000 in its 18 months of existence. The full story is in today’s Government Watch column.
Here are links to additional information, to fill out the story:
–The consultant’s study that says the state should support the expansion efforts of Capt. Brian A. McAllister in Bridgeport Harbor for his ferry service, the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Co. McAllister is the president of McAllister Towing and Transportation Co. , a major tugboat, barge and ferry company operating in ports up and down the East Coast and in Puerto Rico.
–A biography on the New York University website of McAllister, the great-grandson of Capt. James McAllister, who in 1864 founded the business that is one of the largest and oldest and largest family-owned marine towing and transportation companies in the U. S.
–A Courant story about a controversial fundraiser held last Thursday in Hartford by the Prosperity for Connecticut PAC, the same political action committee that collected the $11,000 or more in contributions from at least 15 people with ties of employment or kin to McAllister. Malloy was the speaker and main attraction at Thursday’s fundraiser, which was held at the 170 Scarborough St. home of parking magnate and developer Alan Lazowski.
Lazowski has a $990,980-a-year state parking contract, a state-backed development deal in downtown Hartford, and is part of a group seeking to manage the XL Center and the Stadium at Rentschler Field. The PAC supports Democrats.