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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

MTA's New Deal With Ratner Makes Mockery of MTA's Fiduciary Duties
The MTA has now, apparently, become a mortgage lending authority giving Forest City Ratner 22 year loan, with an up front payment of $20 million for land the MTA valued at $214.5 million in 2005. Additionally the MTA will let Ratner make improvements to the rail yards at about $200 million less than orginally promised. The "improvements" would actually reduce the rail yard capacity from its current capacity.

Since when is the MTA a mortgage lending agency?

Click to download the MTA Staff Summary of the proposed MTA bailout of Bruce Ratner which the MTA board, at Governor Paterson's behest, is poised to rubberstamp on Wednesday.

Ratner was supposed to pay $100 million in cash at closing for the rail yards rghts. Now the MTA, which actually has Ratner by the basketballs but is acting like he has the MTA by the baketballs, is ready to make a deal where Ratner pays $20 million at closing and the rest over 22 years. Yes—22 years.

This is the payment schedule after the $20 million:
The payment schedule for the rest of the railyard: downpayment of $8 million, payable in four equal annual installments of $2 million each on June 1 of 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015; remainder of purchase price payable in 15 equal isntallments of approximately $11 million each beginning on June 1, 2016.
Norman Oder has the details and paints the scene at the Finance Committee meeting today where this new and improved sweetheart deal was presented.

And this is the key moment from today's Finance Committee "deliberations" as reported, also, by Norman Oder:
Board member Doreen Frasca asked why the committee and board were being given less than 48 hours to review the deal and called it "pretty outrageous."

"It relates to Forest City Ratner's desire" to market the tax-exempt bonds, [MTA Chief Financial Officer Gary] Dellaverson said of the approval process. "That's the primary driver of the timing."
Get that? The Metropolitan TRANSPORTATION Authority is rushing a bailout for Forest City Ratner not because of some urgent transit need or urgent need for revenue but, rather, out of concern for Forest City Ratner's ability to issue bonds.

That makes a complete mockery of the MTA's fiduciary duty.

Posted: 6.22.09
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