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Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Time to stop bullying at Atlantic Yards

When you have no argument because the facts are all against you, it is always best to pound on the table and blow steel whistles.

In full, from the sports desk, which, unlike the paper's editorial board and some of their columnists, knows how to think independently.

Truer words have rarely been written in any paper during the Atlantic Yards farcical debacle:
Time to stop bullying at Atlantic Yards
NY Daily News I-Team Blog. By Michael O'Keeffe

Why do the people who turn out at public meetings to support Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project insist on acting like thugs?

The meatheads were out in full force yet again, this time for last Friday’s State Senate hearing on the proposal to build luxury condos and an arena for the New Jersey Nets in Brooklyn. According to Norman Oder’s Atlantic Yards Report, once again the bullies behaved like they were going to school on a Saturday: absolutely no class.
The supporters, primarily construction union members, acted like Johnny Friendly’s crew from “On the Waterfront.” Union members handed out whistles to disrupt the meeting, and they hooted and hollered in support of every statement made by AY proponents, no matter how inane. They also heckled and hollered at people who asked even the most gentle questions.

State Senator Bill Perkins, who was running the hearing, never asked for security to step in and enforce a minimal level of decorum, but even he became frustrated by the end:
“Everything you disagree with does not have to be sounded out,” he told the proposal’s supporters.

Blogger Michael D.D. White of Noticing New York called the supporters thuggish behavior “manufactured chaos.”

“To say that the hearings were chaotic would be an understatement,” White wrote last week. “As commented upon at the hearing’s conclusion, much of it was characterized by people who attended (including two senators, Carl Kruger and Marty Golden, who sort of crashed the event) for the purpose of intentionally showing disrespect to the proceedings and who exhibited open hostility toward any legislative inquisitiveness about the vast resources going into Atlantic Yards or about what Forest City Ratner is expected to produce in return.

“This meant that throughout much of the afternoon men dressed like construction workers with hard hats and red mesh Day-Glo caution vests were standing up to shout and use steel whistles to drown out and/or indicate their opinion on what was happening.”

These attempts at intimidation are par for the course at AY public meetings. There’s no question these bullying tactics are supported and perhaps coordinated by Forest City Ratner and the company’s allies. These appearances are hardly spontaneous shows of support - the construction workers show up as a group and leave as a group, usually long before the hearing is over. In fact, their support appears to end only when they are on the clock.

It is time this stopped. Nets owner Bruce Ratner, Mayor Bloomberg, Borough President Marty Markowitz, ACORN’s Bertha Lewis and everybody else who supports the Atlantic Yards proposal need to condemn the bullying tactics; they need to say in no uncertain terms that the project’s foes have a right to participate in public meetings - even if you don’t care for what they have to say.

After all, What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love and understanding?
We do have one point of contention with this piece: we do not think that most of the "construction union members" were actually construction union members. Why? Because most of the guys in hardhats and orange vests were given those acoutrements when they walked in the building, along with nice Subway sandwiches. And we spied Forest City Ratner's flacks giving orchestration pointers.

Posted: 6.02.09
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