Lower East Side Links

–The mayor yesterday once again addressed his administration’s bungling of the Rivington House sale; “Hizzoner said the Allure Group ‘lied’ to city officials by suggesting the building at 45 Rivington Street would remain a healthcare facility, at the same time that the group asked the city to scrap restrictions on the site’s allowable uses.” [Post]

–Editorial: “Soon enough, documents subpoenaed by City Controller Scott Stringer may reveal whether the city’s decision-making (regarding Rivington House) arose from gross incompetence or from a base form of corruption. What we have here, either way, is a scandal.” [Daily News]

–Notorious landlord Steven Croman owes more than $1 million in unpaid building- and construction-code violations. And, “He continued to receive city permission for construction on his buildings, even though some of the fines had been unpaid for as many as seven years.” [Crain’s]

–Caught on tape: Croman’s kid berates the driver of an  Uber car near the University of Michigan. [Gothamist]

–Republican Lester Chang says he wants to clean up Albany. It’s why he’s running to fill Sheldon Silver’s old Assembly seat. [JP Updates]

–One political observer thinks the Asian vote could be decisive in next month’s special election in the 65th Assembly District. [The Slant]

–The city comptroller will release a report today that shows New York’s mom-and-pop businesses are being strangled by red tape. [Daily News]

–Developers are planning a “striking cantilivered ground-up structure” at 75 1st Avenue, consisting of 22 condominium apartments. [EV Grieve]

–There’s now a photo book dedicated to the “Wolfpack” boys of the Lower East Side. [Hyperallergic]