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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

Brennan Joins the Queue Waiting for Key ESDC/Atlantic Yards Disclosure

We filed a Freedom of Information request with the Empire State Development Corporation seeking the "independent economic impact analysis" in the General Project Plan (section G), upon which the state's top economic development agency has based its claim that "Atlantic Yards" would bring $1.4 billion in new tax revenue–a claim that is full of holes and has already been debunked as egregiously inflated. Atlantic Yards Report's Norman Oder has filed the same request, as has the Village Voice's Neil deMause.

All three of these requests have been denied by the ESDC. Oder reports that it appears the ESDC is violating open government laws. And more to the point there is no reason for the public and elected officials to accept the $1.4 billion number from ESDC without this disclosure and a full accounting of the true public cost of the proposed project. The latest excuse for denying the FOI requests comes directly from ESDC Chairman Charles Gargano as reported by Oder in a PBS transcript, he obtained, of an interview with the development Czar airing tonight:
Q: Some of the opponents of the Atlantic Yards Project had wanted to know specifically how you come up with the figures, where the figures of how much the city and state were going to gain through this project... And they wanted to know, want to see the documents that you used to come up with these figures. They say... they have applied to Empire State Development Corporation but that they have not been able to get the documents. They have even gone through the Freedom of Information Act and the documents have been refused. How do you respond?

A: Well first of all, what they are looking for is internal documents, working documents... Completed documents, once the project is approved, once we have completed the negotiations with the developers, they will all be public record. So we are now still negotiating and when you are negotiating you don't open your cards up to who you are negotiating with... I mean that's simple business. Now it is not a question of not wanting to make documents available. When they are completed, when the deal is done, then the documents will be public record.
Oder comments:
That's nonsense. The fiscal impact analysis is based on the project as it was presented, and the ESDC was eager to promote the net gain, $1.4 billion, without explaining how it was derived. The Independent Budget Office released its analysis. The New York City Economic Development Corporation did so as well. And so did Forest City Ratner's own consultant, Andrew Zimbalist.

And it's not a question of just "opponents" wanting to see this. Yes, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn asked for the documents, but I and fellow journalist Neil de Mause did so as well. Community Board 2 noted the lack of transparency. And the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods pointed out that the DEIS "fails to disclose public costs."

Any journalist attempting to report on this topic in any detail should be asking the same question. Maybe Assemblyman Jim Brennan will have better luck in gaining this fundamental piece of information. (emphasis added)
Assemblyman Jim Brennan? Yes. Oder reports that Mr. Brennan has, very responsibly, become the first elected official to at least publicly request (demand?) this financial analysis from the ESDC through FOIA or by other means. The Assemblyman announced this at a Park Slope Civic Council meeting last night. Wisely, and quite rightly, Brennan has also requested: projections for costs, revenues, and expenses. To date Forest City Ratner (FCR) has not submitted its 20-year pro forma (profit-loss) financial projections as required in their July 2005 proposal to the MTA. Additionally FCR was required, in its February 2005 Memorandum of Understanding with the City and State, to provide a 30-year cash flow financial statement. That too has not been submitted. We suspect that the Ratner profit on the proposed project is so enormous as to be embarassingly unsupportable AND lacking the defense FCR has given for the scale and density of its project. To put it simply: A very large private profit with very large public risk.

Posted: 10.06.06
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