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    WHITE PAPER

    Terrorism, Security and the Proposed Brooklyn Atlantic Yards High Rise and Arena Development Project
    July 6, 2005

    Authored by Christina Cope, Senior Environmental Policy Analyst for the Department of Defense
    Alan M. Rosner, retired strategic and business analyst, formerly with MTA Metro North Railroad


    Click to Download a pdf of this White Paper

    Click for cover letter to officials

    Develop-
    don't destroy
    BROOKLYN
        Contact: Daniel Goldstein, Spokesperson.     917-701-3056    press@dddb.net

    For Immediate Release: July 22, 2005

    Terrorism Threat in Brooklyn?
    Security White Paper Raises Serious Concerns
    DDDB and Community Call For
    Full NYPD Security Review of Ratner AY Proposal


    NEW YORK, NY� Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) calls on all the appropriate agencies, and elected officials to consider the critical issues raised in the white paper, released today, Terrorism, Security and the Proposed Brooklyn Atlantic Yards High Rise and Arena Development Project. The white paper (http://www.dddb.net/security) was reported on in today's NY Sun (http://tinyurl.com/86c8q) and last week's Brooklyn Papers (http://tinyurl.com/7drol)

    The final paragraph of the white paper reads:
    It is the position of the drafters of this study that the time to account for security threats is now, before any commitments or final project approvals are inked, and not after, when consequences become known and are deemed unacceptable.
    Christina Cope, a policy analyst at the United States Department of Defense and coauthor of the white paper said, "This document addresses the need for a comprehensive re-evaluation of the design for the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards (BAY) proposal. Specifically, this timely re-evaluation may lend to the incorporation of security measures into the complex's residential properties, the arena, and the transportation hub." Ms. Cope continued, "By altering designs that are susceptible to terrorist threats, the development's planners would be taking a proactive stance in protecting the Brooklyn community of residents, commuters, children, families and businesses and the proposed development's community."

    Unique aspects of the Ratner proposal's design, location, and use raise critical security concerns at a location that was the site of a planned terrorist attack in 1997 and sits above and adjacent to Brooklyn's largest transportation hub. Whether or not a terrorist attack would ever occur at the BAY development, security mitigations would require design changes, terrorism insurance would be required, and terror alerts would ripple out from the BAY site all the way to the East River crossings�cumulat�vely these costs could be h�gh enough to affect the underlying financing of the entire project during and after construction. The design and economic impacts would also affect the construction timeline.

    "We call on the MTA to thoroughly review this white paper before making a decision on the disposition of Atlantic yards. It is incumbent upon our politicians to call on the NYPD, and other appropriate agencies, to conduct a full security and terrorism review of the proposed Forest City Ratner plan for 20 skyscrapers and an arena in Brooklyn," said Daniel Goldstein, DDDB spokesperson. "Today we call on the NYPD to initiate such a crucial review for the safety and security of Brooklyn's citizens and visitors.

    The white paper was mailed on July 20th to NYPD Commissioner Kelly (and many of his deputies), OEM Commissioner Bruno, FDNY Chief of Department Peter Hayden, NYPD Brooklyn North and South Borough Patrol Chiefs, and the full MTA Board. The document was also sent to Senators Schumer and Clinton, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Pataki, and various City Council Members including Public Safety Committee Chair Peter Vallone Jr., who will introduce legislation that will give the Police Department veto power over all proposals to construct buildings higher than seven stories in the five boroughs, as well as sports arenas (http://tinyurl.com/dgprb).

    The white paper, and cover letter can be found at: http://www.dddb.net/security


    Hon. Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
    NYPD
    One Police Plaza
    New York, NY 10038

    July 20, 2005

    Hon. Commissioner Kelly:

    By sending you the attached document, we are representing the interests of all New Yorkers, and particularly 48 community organizations that are calling for proper oversight and review of Forest City Ratner's proposal at Vanderbilt Yards, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

    We are sending you the attached white paper, Terrorism, Security and the Proposed Brooklyn Atlantic Yards High Rise and Arena Development Project. We urge you and your colleagues to give it deliberative consideration. The document raises serious and unique issues that have been ignored to date. Last week, when The Brooklyn Papers asked Forest City Ratner about this document they had no comment.

    The final paragraph of the white paper reads:
    It is the position of the drafters of this study that the time to account for security threats is now, before any commitments or final project approvals are inked, and not after, when consequences become known and are deemed unacceptable.
    We agree with this conclusion. We call upon the appropriate agencies, departments, and elected officials to weigh in and thoroughly study the serious issues raised within the document.

    Sincerely,
    Daniel Goldstein
    Spokesman
    Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

    Cc:
    Hon. Senator Charles Schumer
    Hon. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Hon. Mayor Bloomberg
    Hon. Governor George E. Pataki
    Hon. Borough President Marty Markowitz
    Hon. US Congressman Major Owens
    Hon. State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
    Hon. State Assemblyman Roger Greene
    Hon. City Council Member Letitia James
    Hon. City Council Member David Yassky
    Hon. City Council Member Bill de Blasio
    Hon. City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr.
    Joseph J. Esposito, NYPD Chief of Department
    Michael Sheehan, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Counter Terrorism
    David Cohen, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence
    Joyce A. Stephen, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Community Affairs
    Michael J. Farrell, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Initiatives
    Deputy Inspector Thomas Harris, NYPD Commanding Officer - 78th Precinct
    Inspector James OConnell , NYPD Commanding Officer - 77th Precinct
    Joseph F.X. Cunneen, NYPD Assistant Chief , Patrol Borough Brooklyn North
    Joseph Fox, NYPD Assistant Chief, Patrol Borough Brooklyn South
    Peter Hayden, FDNY Chief of Department
    Salvatore Cassano, FDNY Chief of Operations
    Commissioner Joseph Bruno, Office of Emergency Management
    First Deputy Commissioner Calvin Drayton, Office of Emergency Management
    Peter Kalikow, MTA Chairman
    Katherine Lapp, MTA Executive Director
    Roco Krsulic, MTA Director of Real Estate
    David S. Mack, Vice Chairman, MTA
    Edward B. Dunn, Vice Chairman, MTA
    Andrew Albert, Board Member, MTA
    John H. Banks III, Board Member, MTA
    James F. Blair, Board Member, MTA
    Nancy Shevell Blakeman, Board Member, MTA
    Anthony J. Bottalico, Board Member, MTA
    Micharel J. Canino, Board Member, MTA
    Barry Feinstein, Board Member, MTA
    James H. Harding Jr. , Board Member, MTA
    Susan Kupferman, Board Member, MTA
    Mark D. Lebow, Board Member, MTA
    James L. McGovern, Board Member, MTA
    Susan G. Metzger, Board Member, MTA
    Mark Page, Board Member, MTA
    Mitchell H. Pally, Board Member, MTA
    Francis H. Powers, Board Member, MTA
    Andrew M. Saul, Board Member, MTA
    James L. Sedore Jr. , Board Member, MTA
    Edward A. Vrooman, Board Member, MTA
    Ed Watt, Board Member, MTA
    Carl V. Wortendyke, Board Member, MTA

     


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