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HEY LESLIE, LET’S TALK!
Leslie Crocker Snyder
really turn down an interview with
,owner of Soho Journal magazine and, as of three monthsago, a defendant in a bizarre $50 million Hamptons S&Mmortgage-scam ring? That’s what
recentlyreported about the district attorney candidate in hisPoliticker column. “A campaign source conﬁrmed that heradvisers did not want Crocker Snyder to do the interview,citing legal troubles of the monthly magazine’s owner,Donald MacPherson,” Paybarah wrote. Paybarah, of course, was recently in the news after Mayor
called him “a disgrace” for questioning the mayor’s justi-ﬁcation for extending term limits now that the economyis rebounding. MacPherson, for his part, said he “nevermade a direct request to them [Snyder’s campaign], soI think that came about from someone inquiring if shewould be interested.” He said he hadn’t seen the Politickeritem, and asked us to read it to him over the phone. Sinceit only cites a “campaign source,” MacPherson said, hedoesn’t hold anything against Snyder, and would be happyto interview her if she’s willing. He did say that for anyD.A. candidate, “I would hope that the standard wouldbe innocent until proven guilty.” MacPherson has alreadyinterviewed
, another Manhattan D.A. contend-er.
, a Snyder spokesperson, said it’s untruethe candidate refused to sit down with MacPherson. “TheSnyder campaign denies the alleged unsourced report— Leslie never said this,” Pugatch said. “Leslie wouldbe happy to conduct an interview with the Soho Journalin the future.” Getting back to the kinky mortgage-scamcase, we asked MacPherson if his Arena Studios really wasa dominatrix den and if, as the Suffolk County D.A. charg-es, its clients were used as “straw buyers” in the elaboratereal-estate ruse. MacPherson said he already answeredthat question for us before and didn’t want to “rehashit.” “It was a fetish photography studio — it had nothingto do with sex,” he reiterated. He said he didn’t read TheVillager’s article on his case, either, but did hear fromothers that it was “balanced.” As for all the unﬂatteringnewspaper articles about him, he noted that his landlord,who he said holds a grudge against him, plastered all thehallways and apartment doors in his 80 Varick St. apart-ment building with them. The landlord “obviously haspsychiatric problems,” MacPherson said. His apartment isone of about 10 rent-regulated ones left in the building,while the landlord has succeeded in converting the other60 to market-rate rentals. MacPherson said he’s been inlitigation with the landlord for 10 years.
WHERE THERE’S A WILL...?
Legendary CooperSquare housing activist and literary agent
,85, has had a really rough time lately. First, she suffereda heart attack at her East Village home — on May Day,ironically. “I should have been marching,” she said. Always“strong as a horse” her entire life, she said, it was a shockto be stricken. She received two stents at Beth Israel, and isnow on the mend back at her place. Making matters worse,though, a lawyer she asked to draft her will in Septemberwho said it would take just a month, still hasn’t producedanything, won’t return her materials and refuses even to takeher phone calls. Goldin said she saw the attorney,
, at a couple of Coalition for a District Alternativemeetings and thought he was “a really hot leftist,” as in hetalked a good progressive game. Plus, he came highly rec-ommended by her yoga teacher. But Millstone has turnedout to be a total bust, despite having cashed her $250 ﬁrstpayment, she said. “I’m 85 years old. I had a heart attack.I need a will,” Goldin fumed. “I have threatened him withgoing to The Villager. The guy is a menace, and I don’twant anyone else to get rooked.” We called Millstone andhe wouldn’t answer whether he planned to write the will orreturn Goldin’s paperwork. In fact, citing “conﬁdentiality,”he wouldn’t even say if Goldin is his client. Did he evenknow who Frances Goldin was? “I can’t tell you a thing,”he replied. Losing our patience, we said forcefully that, inour view, he should either do the darn will already or giveback Goldin’s stuff A.S.A.P., considering her age and healthcondition. Millstone went silent and was unable to speakfor a minute or two; we heard him breathing heavily intothe phone. Asked if he was O.K., he responded, “I’m ﬁne.... I’m sure there are answers to this, but they haven’t comeright to me. ...” Millstone said he would only talk to us if we had Goldin’s written authorization in an e-mail. Goldindid so, and we called Millstone again, twice, but he didn’tcall back.
TREE FOR TOM:
Warren Allen Smith
of Jane St.,who has a Stonewall exposé in our Gay Pride section thisweek, said the planting of a tree down by the courts onJune 8 to mark the 200th anniversary of Thomas Paine’sdeath received no media coverage. Smith, a writer andoutspoken atheist, wielded a shovel at the planting forPaine, who practiced deism — the belief in human reasonover the concept of God. Known as the “Father of theAmerican Revolution” for his pro-independence pamphlet“Common Sense,” Paine died in Greenwich Village at 59Grove St. Because of his unpopular religious views, only sixpeople attended his funeral. After they planted the saplingDowntown earlier this month, the commemorators sang“Tom Paine’s Bones.”
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