Was the Ratner-Prokhorov deal in the works prior to the ESDC's September 17th
vote to re-rubberstamp Atlantic Yards? Of course it was.
Was the letter of intent signed before the 17th ESDC Board vote? It probably was
(or at least could have been and was just waiting to be signed after the re-rubberstamp.)
Was it all orchestrated? Of course it was. Why would the Board members want to
discuss such things as Norlisk Nickel, Courchevel, the Kremlin, and Rusal, when
they could stick with their known quantity and buddy Bruce Ratner? That way the
discussion about Mr. Prokhorov could occur without any accountability.
Norman Oder reports:
orchestrated timing of the Prokhorov deal: just after the main opportunity
for public agencies to ask questions
The timing of the deal with Mikhail Prokhorov seems clearly orchestrated,
in the works but not announced until after the Atlantic Yards plan received
its second approval, on September 17, from the Empire State Development Corporation.
...the team was on the block and Dave D'Alessandro of the Star-Ledger
was even mentioning
the possibility of a billionaire industrialist from Russia.
The AP this week reported
that Bruce Ratner flew to Moscow in July to meet with Prokhorov.