But NYSE's Grasso "never committed, and last week informed them he would not be involved," Grasso's spokesman and longtime lieutenant, Joseph Zito, told me. UBS's Grano "had intended to serve as an advisor, but has been very busy with other commitments and was not happy with recent developments at the DBOT. He informed management today (Dec. 8) he would not be involved moving forward," Zito added.
Grano informed one of DBOT's organizers, former Philadelphia Stock Exchange official John Wallace, that he was no longer willing to serve as an advisor on Tuesday, Zito said. Grasso informed Wallace and another DBOT organizer, former Cincinnati Stock Exchange official Richard "Nick" Niehoff, of his decision not to get involved by email last week.
Last week, County Executive Thomas Gordon said he had "moved a $3 million investment" from the county's park maintenance endowment fund into private DBOT notes paying 6% annual interest, to be backed by a license on software used to run the as-yet unopened DBOT market.
Gordon's administration was invited to further explain the county's investment in DBOT at a County Council committee meeting yesterday, but no one from his staff showed up, so it was adjourned, council staff said. DBOT's lawyer hasn't responded to inquiries. "There is no new information on the county's end at this time," county spokesperson robin brown said.