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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

The Ratner Clause Lives

The 421-a property tax reform bill's special carve-out provision for Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards (the Ratner Clause) has been slightly altered in the latest round of negotiations over the bill. What's the alteration? Instead of Ratner's Atlantic Yards project receiving an exclusive 25-year tax break estimated to be worth about $300 million the "negotiations" have resulted in a "compromise" where the developer would get an exclusive 15-year tax break estimated to be worth about $200 million. Under this bill Ratner would still be the only developer who can build exclusively market rate condo buildings and receive the tax break for those buildings.

Media coverage says that the bill will go to the legislature as is and go to Governor's desk in September.

Governor Spitzer should veto this bill as long as this indefensible, special and exclusive tax break for Forest City Ratner remains in the bill. We're not the only one's who have criticized the Ratner carve-out. ACORN's Bertha Lews has called it "bad public policy," and state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries has called for it to be removed from the bill, and has called it "economic segregation.

The Ratner Clause exempts Ratner from providing the same affordable housing that any other developer would have to provide. Ratner got this exemption for providing affordable housing even though a supposed purpose of Atlantic Yards is to provide affordable housing. Though not providing this housing, the developer is now going to be getting additional millions in tax benefits only he will be entitled to.

How bad is the Ratner Clause? It is bad enough that those working on pushing it through did not report it accurately to the press . Rather than reporting that this was a new version of the clause still exempting Ratner from providing affordable housing, the press was told that the Ratner provision had been eliminated as called for by many elected officials. (see Crain's article below).

Special catering to Ratner's project has now held the City's housing agenda hostage by resulting in a bill with less positive reform than the the City originally intended. (see Atlantic Yards Report below).

Either the Ratner provision needs to be eliminated entirely, or the bill must be vetoed by Governor Spitzer.

Here is the press coverage (Crain's article got it wrong on the special Ratner provision, the article says it was pulled entirely from the bill but that is not the case):

Atlantic Yards Report
AY carve-out shrinks, value halved (?), in city-brokered 421-a reform

City reaches 421-a agreement

NY Sun

Housing Options Added to Development Tax Bill

NY Times
Bill Aims to Spur Housing for New York’s Poor

NY Post

Posted: 8.08.07
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