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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

House Packed at Brodsky Hearing

Yesterday's  Assembly hearing regarding tax-exempt bond financing for the New York Yankees, as narrated by Norman Oder, featured one aspect familiar to those who have frequented Atlantic Yards hearings:

The hearing, at 250 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, was packed with construction workers who came on at least four buses more than 45 minutes before the 10 am start time, thus crowding out some others who didn’t expect a full house. The hearing room holds fewer than 150 people.
According to Oder, the hearing, a three hour interrogation of New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky, concluded with this quote by chairman Richard Brodsky:
“I dislike public benefits for private parties when the public at large is being starved in so many ways.” And if that’s a description of sports facility finance, he added, “so be it.”
In another AY parallel that emerged from the hearing, one of the benefits of the Yankee deal was supposed to be a banquet of new jobs.  In the documents Brodsky received, it turned out to be not quite so, and in yesterday's Daily News, Juan Gonzalez summed up the jobs shuffle succinctly:
At the groundbreaking in August 2006, Bloomberg announced that the new stadium would "result in about 1,000 permanent jobs."

The actual job figures the Yankees submitted in their application to the IDA told a far different story.

They show the Yankees had only 104 full-time permanent employees in 2005. Included in that total were all team executives, ballplayers, office workers and maintenance personnel. Barely half were city residents.

The number of full-time permanent jobs, the Yankees projected, would increase to 140 by 2009, the year the new stadium will open. That's a gain of just 36 permanent jobs.

On the other hand, maybe by "new jobs" what proponents really mean are increased opportunities for construction workers to attend public hearings.




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