Uh-oh: NYC real estate elite is spending big on Bill de Blasio…

Real estate opens checkbook for de Blasio
Andrew J. Hawkins
October 28, 2013 1:29 p.m.

Several real estate heavyweights—as well as a few luminaries from the tech world—are ponying up big-time for Bill de Blasio, as the Democratic front-runner for mayor nears the finish line in what is shaping up to be a historic blowout of an election.

John Arillaga, one of the largest landowners in Silicon Valley, donated the maximum amount of $4,950 to Mr. de Blasio on Oct. 26, newly released records show. Mr. Arillaga’s $151 million donation to Stanford University last July is said to be the largest gift ever given from a living donor. He is estimated to be worth $1.8 billion.

Mr. de Blasio also received a maximum donation from hotelier Ian Schrager, the co-founder of the legendarily hedonistic Studio 54. Mr. Schrager is often credited with co-creating the “boutique hotel” category of accommodation, typified by the Hudson Hotel on West 58th Street.

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