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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

Pols Didn't Want to Be Seen at Ratner's Arena Groundtaking Ceremony

Granted, Ratner had an unelected Governor, a Mayor who bought a third term through a multi-million dollar power grab, and a borough president who rode that power grab's coattails all present and pronouncing science fiction worthy numbers at his March 11th groundbreakingtaking ceremony.

But who else was there, willing to show their faces under the boondoggle tent?

Six elected officials, all but one representing districts far away from the project site, and all with deep financial and/or political ties to Ratner, his partners (BUILD), and his South Brooklyn political fixer Bruce Bender.

Atlantic Yards, they all claim, is the most important project in Brooklyn, and one of the two most important in all of NYC. So where was Speaker Quinn, Public Advocate de Blasio, Comptroller Liu or any one else from Brooklyn or beyond? (Where was Chuck Schumer, or a single member of the Brooklyn Congressional delegation?)

The poor showing gives the lie to the claimed popularity and importance of the bait and switch project. It also seems to be perhaps the biggest missed story of the day. Until now...

Norman Oder gives the ugly details about the purportedly popular and integral project that garnered little support at its tone-deaf, lavish lobster-slider-laden bread and circus show:

Deep bench at the groundbreaking? There were only enough Brooklyn elected officials to play three-on-three

This week and next I'll try to compensate slightly for the failure of any metro columnists to show up and glean insights from the rich spectacle of the Barclays Center groundbreaking March 11.

Yes, Bruce Ratner had the top elected officials from the state, city, and borough behind the Atlantic Yards project, and they happily wielded shovels for the inevitable photo opportunities.

But a deep bench of supporters (to quote the Brooklyn Paper)?

Not if you consider that there were only enough Brooklyn elected officials to play three-on-three, and none of them came from close to the Atlantic Yards site. That has to indicate dismay toward the process, if not the project, a process that bypassed any local elected official.

Among the missing were Assemblyman (and Brooklyn Democratic Chair) Vito Lopez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Public Advocate (and former Council Member) Bill de Blasio.

And, of course, the representatives of the neighborhoods closest to the site: Council Members Letitia James, Brad Lander, and Steve Levin; Assemblymembers Hakeem Jeffries, Jim Brennan, and Joan Millman, and state Senators Velmanette Montgomery and Eric Adams.

Introductions from Markowitz

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz tummled up a storm introducing these officials, but they were a motley crew, distinguished by no particular ideology but rather connections to Forest City Ratner executive Bruce Bender, receipt of campaign funds, and ties to Ratner-funded groups.
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The Brooklyn delegation of the City Council has 16 members. Two showed up, both--natch--among those who voted in 2008 to overturn and extend term limits.
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Only two of the 20 Assemblymembers from Brooklyn showed up.
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Only two of the nine state Senators from Brooklyn showed up, men who have long ties to each other despite being in different parties.
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Read the full article for details on the six who did show up and the specifics of their relationships (financial and otherwise) with Ratner and partners.



Posted: 3.16.10
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Eminent Domain Case
Goldstein et al v. ESDC
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November 24, 2009
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EIS Lawsuit

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2/26/09
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