The mainstream media has lionized this deadbeat thug, and will no doubt continue to do so. But he continues to show the true, ugly face of the Ground Zero Mosque project, which has suffered some serious setbacks due to the determination of the American people, but could still be built with a bit of oil money from overseas to settle up this deadbeat’s debts. Right now, however, the project is stalled, although El-Gamal and his cronies have declared victory and are holding events in the 45 Park Place building that was severely damaged in the 9/11 jihad attack.
“Con Ed wins one over mosque back rent,” by Lois Weiss for the New York Post, July 3 (thanks to Barbara):
Chalk one up for Con Edison in its battle over back rent with the mosque developer at 51 Park Place.
The Post has learned that in June, State Supreme Court Judge Richard Braun upheld the $10.35 million appraisal price obtained by the utility, which it used to calculate the rent.
Con Ed argues that it is owed $1.7 million in back rent and $47,437 a month in rent for the building that sits on its land. But Sharif El-Gamal, the Park51 Mosque developer, contends Con Ed’s math is bad and that it owes $881,519 in back rent and $25,875 a month going forward.
“We were confident that the appraisal process was sound. We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” said Con Ed spokesman Allan Drury.
But not so fast. El-Gamal’s attorney, Matthew Hearle, said yesterday they plan to file a notice of appeal.