Lower East Side Links

–The Allure Group finally releases a statement in defense of its blockbuster deal to flip the former Rivington House nursing facility. Partner Marvin Rubin says:  “We tried to make Rivington House viable as a for-profit skilled nursing facility,.. When it became clear that this was not possible, we followed all proper protocols and sold the building.” [Wall Street Journal-subscription required]

–The state health department had every expectation that the former Rivington House facility would coninue to operate as a nursing home. [Crain’s]

–Our own Ed Litvak was on the Brian Lehrer Show yesterday to talk about the Rivington House scandal and the special election in the 65th Assembly District. [WNYC]

–Developer Douglas Steiner unveils its new condo project on the former site of mary Help of Christians Church. [EV Grieve]

–A complaint has been filed with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics over City Council member Margaret Chin’s grants to a not-for-profit group advocating for her plastic bag legislation. [City & State]