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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

Markowitz Boots Board Members

The volunteer job of Community Board members is to represent the community as best they can, not to act as an extension of Borough Hall. In the Bronx, when Community Board 4 voted against the Yankee Stadium plan, many of its members were purged by Bronx Borough President Carrion (and now CB4 is finding it difficult to even function.)

That kind of purge is now happening in Brooklyn. Our view is that the role of Community Boards is to represent the community--which is what 2, 6 and 8 did--not act as puppets for their appointers.

First the Community Boards (2,6 and 8) were marginalized and bypassed by the state's override of the city's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). With ULURP those three boards would have had recommendation votes on "Atlantic Yards." But the Boards were left on the sidelines like pretty much every political entity outside of the Public Authorities Control Board.

So last August the Community Boards, unlike the Borough President, held hearings outside of any formal review process, to allow their districts to express their views on the project. Then they set out to formulate a position based on the community's sentiment. Community Board 6 passed a very well reasoned resolution against the project. (All the Boards also submitted abundant comments on the state's Draft Environmental Impact Statement.) What did some of the Community Board 6 members get for their volunteer efforts to represent their community? As expected after weeks of rumor, some of them got the boot.

From the NY Times:
Project’s Foes Shown Door in Brooklyn

The letter arrived in Marilyn Oliva’s mailbox yesterday from the Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz. It thanked her for her dedication to the community as a member of Community Board 6, but informed her that her services were no longer needed.

Ms. Oliva was disappointed. She was also not alone. Though community board members’ terms are usually renewed routinely, Mr. Markowitz on Monday replaced at least five longtime members who had sought reappointment to Community Board 6, which covers the brownstone neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Park Slope and Carroll Gardens.

The five members had one thing in common: they voted yes last year on a resolution denouncing Atlantic Yards, the $4 billion development project that Mr. Markowitz has spent three years and much of his political capital extolling.

Mr. Markowitz refused to comment on the reasons for his move, but there certainly seemed to be something about Community Board 6 that displeased him.

In the case of Atlantic Yards, Community Board 6’s resolution last September, though strongly critical, was almost purely symbolic: the project is being managed by a state agency, the Empire State Development Corporation, and is exempt from the city land-use process.

But Celia Cacace, who has been on the board since the early 1980s — long before Mr. Markowitz was elected — said that he took her aside at a community event a few months ago to criticize her and her colleagues.

“He said, ‘I’m going to get rid of everybody on the board that voted for this,’ ” according to Ms. Cacace, 71, whose term expires next year. “He says, ‘Remember, you are my appointee.’ Every time I tried to say something he totally lambasted me.”

Mr. Markowitz would not comment on the discussion.

Ms. Cacace’s account is at odds with Mr. Markowitz’s public reputation as a genial and often goofy cheerleader for all things Brooklyn. But his passionate advocacy for Atlantic Yards — eight million square feet of high-rise housing, office space and a basketball arena slated for an area near Downtown Brooklyn that includes part of Board 6’s area — has manifested itself in a number of red-faced eruptions in recent months.

The board’s resolution against Atlantic Yards came during the public hearing period on an environmental impact study that laid out for the first time the strain that the project would put on the local streets, schools and sewage system. The board voted 35-4 that the project, as presented last summer, would cause “irreparable damage to the quality of life” in Brooklyn and should not be approved...

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