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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

Ratner's New Messaging and South Brooklyn Political Friends

Hard at work on spin (whild apparently too busy to provide the public with a rendering of its project) Forest City Ratner's publicity team has come up with their latest lyin' messaging. It was unveiled at last week's Community Board "informational" meeting on Atlantic Yards by Ratner Executive and Atlantic Yards chief MaryAnne Gilmartin. She opened that meeting with this:
“Today, undeterred by an anemic economy and a relentless campaign of a few to delay the benefits to many, Forest City stands committed to building the project as quickly as the market will allow.”
Then came yesterday's ESDC public hearing. From a WNYC report from the ESDC hearing:
[Sal] ZARZANA [an official with the carpenters union]: It's amazing that for six years that a few are taking over the rights of many.
As reported on the Atlantic Yards Report, at yesterday's ESDC hearing Assemblyman Alan Maisel showed he had gotten the Ratner memo too:
Assemblyman Alan Maisel declared that "a small group of people should not be deciding what happens to our borough..."
Let's just make this clear again. The "few" are Bruce Ratner and his execs like Gilmartin, the unelected, unaccountable, unattentive Board of the ESDC, three-men-in-a room, and Bruce Bender's small gang of South Brooklyn political club friends.

The opponents of Atlantic Yards are the many. For example, DDDB has well over 4,000 individual donors alone, 800 volunteers and 7,000 subscribers to our e-newsletter and has widespread support across Brooklyn and New York City.

Alan Maisel got 3,262 votes in his last primary (2008).

But it is not surprising that Assemblyman Maisel of South Brooklyn would come out to shill for Ratner. After all in 2008, when Maisel ran for re-election, Forest City Ratner Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner, Forest City Ratner President and COO Joanne Minieri and FCR Executive VP, Government and Public Affairs Bruce Bender all gave $2,000 a piece to Maisel. And Bruce Ratner's wife Dr. Pamela Lipkin gave Maisel $3,000. (See filing.)

And why is Bruce Ratner able, only, to get South Brooklyn political support for his failing boondoggle project? Because of Bruce Bender.

From the New York Observer in 2006:
Mind Bender

We had been wondering why so many politicos from the deep south of Brooklyn had endorsed Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards project. State Senators Carl Kruger and Martin Golden and City Council Members Lew Fidler and Mike Nelson all wrote letters of support last summer to the M.T.A. We wondered, are these guys all for it because their constituents are going to get some of the jobs targeted to "the community" that the arena complex is supposed to help? Or do they just happen to have a lot of Nets fans living there? Then we hit upon a map for the 59th Assembly district, which is governed by the Thomas Jefferson Club, the Democratic clubhouse whence Bruce Bender sprang. Bender worked for Ed Koch, Peter Vallone and now Forest City Ratner, as the executive vice president for community and government affairs. He does all the outreach to politicos from, among other places, the deep south of Brooklyn. The 59th A.D. includes Canarsie, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach and Flatlands--exactly the neighborhoods that Messers. Kruger, Golden, Fidler and Nelson represent. Bender is, in other words, quite the homeboy -Matthew Schuerman
Though perhaps Bender's power is waning as only Golden showed up yesterday, presumably Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (whose staffer read a prepared testimony) and Maisel replaced Kruger and Fidler.

Posted: 7.30.09
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