“Optics not optimal” – real estate deal: SP district boss is not considering resigning


On Friday, the district leader of Vienna-Donaustadt, Ernst Nevrivy, rejected the accusations related to the purchase of land in a subdivision. The plans for a new destination had been known since 2006, he assured. “I never had any influence,” he said. However, he is aware that the optics are “not optimal”.

“It’s a shame that an image is being painted of me.” He plans to continue using the property, said Nevrivy – who is not thinking of resigning and does not want to suspend his office, as he assured.

The garden of the SPÖ district leader became more expensive building land
As the “Wiener Zeitung” reported, an inauguration in 2021 turned the allotments of an allotment garden association in Breitenlee into full-fledged building sites. This led to an increase in the value of the areas in question. Nevrivy had purchased a plot of land before the rezoning.

Property acquired in 2020
The local politician bought the property in 2020. According to the purchase agreement, Nevrivy paid 161,700 euros. He said he paid the amount requested by the seller at the time. He bought the space together with his wife. He has also been registered with the central association of allotment gardeners for at least ten years.

Other properties had already been offered. But he really liked this: “I can imagine growing old there. “It was bought for the future.” According to his information, a rezoning application had already been submitted in 2006, he reports. At that time he was far from being a district leader. He only took office in 2014. The consecration was repeatedly promised.

He claimed he never intervened to make this happen. He only passed on information he received from the magistrate. All parties also agreed to the repurposing. He also made it clear that he had chaired a meeting in the district council in this context. Because he is not a member of the district council, he cannot vote there or chair a meeting.

Exclusive swimming pond becomes municipality of SPÖ
Other Red Party colleagues also bought plots there – even before Nevrivy – as it became known today. Reference was made to relevant extracts from the land registry. National Councilor Petra Bayr, municipal councilor Astrid Rompold and Mariahilf deputy district leader Julia Lessacher were mentioned. They also denied allegations of possible irregularities.

Allotment garden deal shown at WKStA
The WKStA confirmed to “profil” on Friday that a complaint had already been filed against a person in this case. We are now investigating responsibility and initial suspicion. The authority would not say whether the person was Nevrivy.

Source: Krone


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