MLB owners, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio approve sale of Mets to Steve Cohen (UPDATE)

It’s a done deal.

Major League Baseball owners voted Friday to approve the sale of the New York Mets to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman first reported the news. Cohen needed “yes” votes from 22 of the 29 MLB owners.

UPDATE (2:56 p.m.): MLB public relations confirmed the news in a press release on Friday afternoon:

Major League Baseball announced today that the owners of the Major League Clubs have approved the new ownership group of the New York Mets led by incoming control person Steve Cohen.  The vote was conducted during a conference call of all Major League Clubs.  The approval is contingent upon the closing of the sale transaction with the current owners of the Mets, which is expected within the next 10 days.

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “I extend my best wishes to Fred Wilpon, Saul

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New York mayor mum on proposed sale of Mets

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio deflected questions Thursday about whether he wants to block the sale of the New York Mets to hedge-fund manager Steve Cohen.

Asked about the proposed sale at a news briefing, de Blasio said the city law department is legally obligated to review the sale because Citi Field, where the Mets play, is on city land.

“It’s our land,” de Blasio said. “There is a legal requirement that if there’s an ownership change, it has to be evaluated. Our law department is doing that evaluation based on the law.”

A provision in the city’s lease agreement says any new owner of the team cannot be someone who has been convicted of a felony or is an organized crime figure.

Cohen’s former company, SAC Capital Partners, pleaded guilty in an insider-trading case in 2014 and paid $1.8 billion in fines. Cohen was not charged in

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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio conducting legal review of Mets’ sale to Steve Cohen ahead of Friday’s owner vote

Ahead of Major League Baseball owners’ vote Friday to approve the purchase of 95 percent of the New York Mets to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Thursday that the city’s legal department is legally obligated to review the sale since Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, is on city land, according to the Associated Press. The city owns the land Citi Field sits on and de Blasio must approve the lease transfer. 

“It’s our land,” de Blasio said in a press conference on Thursday. “There is a legal requirement that if there’s an ownership change it has to be evaluated. Our law department is doing that evaluation based on the law.”

The lease states the mayor can block the sale of the team to “any person that has been convicted in a criminal proceeding for a felony or any crime involving moral

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NYC mayor mum on review of proposed Mets sale to Steve Cohen

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio deflected questions Thursday about whether he wants to block the sale of the New York Mets to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen.

Asked about the proposed sale at a news briefing, de Blasio said the city law department is legally obligated to review the sale because Citi Field, where the Mets play, is on city land.

“It’s our land,” said de Blasio, a Boston Red Sox fan. “There is a legal requirement that if there’s an ownership change it has to be evaluated. Our law department is doing that evaluation based on the law.”

A provision in the city’s lease agreement says any new owner of the team cannot be someone who has been convicted of a felony or is an organized crime figure.

Cohen’s former company, SAC Capital Partners, pleaded guilty in an insider trading case in 2014

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to stop Mets sale to Steve Cohen as MLB owners are set to vote

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Let’s start with the good. Major League Baseball owners are expected to vote Friday on the sale of the New York Mets to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. That comes as little surprise, since the transaction already received approval from MLB’s ownership committee. Cohen is expected to receive at least 22 of the 29 votes coming from club owners.

Now for the bad news. And there’s no sugarcoating it. This is bad. Really bad, if you are hoping Cohen will be able to buy the club. The New York Post reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to kill the deal.

The Post has learned that Hizzoner called MLB commissioner Rob Manfred earlier this month and told him outright that he opposed the idea of a hedge-fund billionaire buying a local team and would be

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Fiery exchange between mayor, councilman heats up debate over Birmingham parking deck sale

This is an opinion column.

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot

—lyrics from “Big Yellow Taxi” (Joni Mitchell)

Paradise. Not sure the word can be associated with Birmingham—not right now, at least.

There’s too much distrust. Too much pettiness. Too much opacity. Too much territorialism. Too much insecurity. Too much fear. Too much (just speaking truth, y’all) ignorance.

Too much this is how we’ve always done it.

Just too much.

Right now, and at least for the next few weeks, the chasm between the two words – paradise and Birmingham – is about the size of, oh, a parking deck.

Six of them, frankly. Six city-owned parking decks (five downtown, one on the Southside) that might be sold to a group of rich folks headed by one of the area’s richest—Shipt founder Bill Smith—for at least $41,375,000.

Might because the very idea of the sale has

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Mayor Bill de Blasio still ‘evaluating’ Mets sale to Steve Cohen

The office of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that Steve Cohen’s purchase of the Mets is not yet a done deal.

“At this point the Mayor and his office are evaluating,” de Blasio spokesperson Bill Neidhardt told SNY on Friday afternoon.

If this evaluation stretches into next week, it could delay the vote among MLB owners on whether to approve Cohen as the Mets’ new owner. The Mets are hoping for the vote to occur next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. But they need de Blasio to move forward first.

As first reported by USA Today, de Blasio has the right to block the sale to “any person that has been convicted in a criminal proceeding for a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude.’’

The company that Cohen founded, S.A.C. Capital, pleaded guilty in 2018 to securities fraud and wire fraud and paid $1.8 billion in

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Mayor announces $3.4 million home health and safety grant

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced that the City has received a $3.4 million home health and safety grant on Tuesday. She was joined by Jason Mohr, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and City officials.



a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced that the City has received a $3.4 million home health and safety grant on Tuesday.


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Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced that the City has received a $3.4 million home health and safety grant on Tuesday.

The grant aims to protect children and families from lead-based paint hazards. HUD is providing these grants through its Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant Program to identify and clean up dangerous lead in low-income families’ homes and HUD’s Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to help communities with housing-related health and safety hazards in addition to lead-based paint hazards.

City staff will be working with other medical and social service providers to address lead hazards in nearly 70 housing

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