She also disputed that any group has been deliberately excluded from the process.
“People who say that groups were hand-picked are just dead wrong,” said Lewis. “People self selected in, and self selected out, as far as the Atlantic Yards is concerned.”
That's not what others say. The three Community Boards (2,6,8) in the area around the proposed project footprint on May 1 sent a letter to FCR President Bruce Ratner requesting that the developer stop claiming that the CBs participated in "crafting" the CBA. Their statement contradicts Lewis's claim of self-selection:
As you may or may not be aware, we were invited to play a limited role that ended months before the agreement was signed when some eventual signatories barred us from attending the working sessions.