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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Kucinich Steps Up Pressure on NYC Officials

As reported yesterday by the AP:
...[Ratner's Atlantic Yards Barclays Center] arena's financing depends largely on the ability to issue up to $800 million in tax-exempt bonds.

The Internal Revenue Service in 2006 proposed tightening the regulations of tax-exempt bonds to severely limit their use to pay for sports stadiums. A final decision, which could affect the arena as well as the bonds used to build stadiums for the Yankees and the Mets, is still pending. An IRS spokesman wouldn't say when a ruling is expected...
More on the significance--for Atlantic Yards--of the Congressman's actions (below) from the Atlantic Yards Report "Kucinich schedules hearing October 24 on Yankee Stadium and future of PILOTs."

Today: a media advisory from Congressman Dennis Kucinich:

For Immediate Release:

Kucinich Steps Up Pressure on NYC Officials
Cooperation Insufficient in Subcommittee’s Investigation of Stadium Finances

Washington D.C. (October 15, 2008) – In a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee, yesterday raised serious questions about the City of New York’s assessment of the new Yankee Stadium that was used in the issuance of federally tax-exempt bonds for the stadium’s construction. Congressman Kucinich requested that the City fully comply with previous Subcommittee requests for documents related to the assessment issue in advance of the Subcommittee’s October 24, 2008 hearing.

The Domestic Policy Subcommittee has previously held three hearings examining the use of federal tax-exempt financing for construction of professional sports stadiums and arenas and has focused on federal regulation of the use of payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), an innovative financing mechanism pursued by the City for its stadium projects. The October 24th hearing will examine whether City officials reported to the Internal Revenue Service and prospective bond purchasers an improperly inflated value for the stadium in an order to secure more PILOTs for the stadium construction and whether the City’s efforts to stop finalization of proposed U.S. Department of Treasury regulations that would effectively prohibit the use of PILOTs in this context serve the public interest.

Mr. Seth Pinsky, President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Mr. Randy Levine, President of the New York Yankees, have agreed to testify at October 24th hearing. In the letter, Congressman Kucinich requested that Ms. Martha Stark, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Finance, the City agency that conducted the stadium assessment, also testify at the hearing and that the City finally produce documents related to the assessment issue that were due on August 6, 2008. Despite repeated promises, the Yankees still have not produced many of the documents related to the assessment that were due on that same date.

The text of the letter is available HERE.

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Posted: 10.15.08
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