Friday, August 11, 2006

MAS, Hillary call for more time on DEIS

The Municipal Art Society has joined gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and several Brooklyn elected officials in calling on the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to provide more time for citizen response to the massive Atlantic Yards Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Senator Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop Wednesday in Sunset Park, which was reported in several news outlets, but a front-page story in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle yesterday, headlined Hillary Visits Sunset Park, Chimes in on Issues Affecting Brooklyn, reported in detail on her views regarding Atlantic Yards. (Link works for subscribers only.)
While the senator did not take a position in favor or against the project, she agrees with state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer that more time should be allowed for public comment.
"My concern is that people are listened to, and that the voices of people who will be directly affected will be heard," Senator Clinton said. She mentioned the need for affordable housing, noting that there may be many sides to the debate.
She agreed that eminent domain could be misused and advised the community to use the political process in a way that ensures people are not taken advantage of.
She added that she hopes it is worked out in a fair and transparent way.


A Daily News article yesterday about Clinton's opposition to Brooklyn Bridge Park also noted that she had joined those calling for an extension of the ESDC review. (The article, headlined "HIL BACKS CRITICS OF PARKLAND LUXURY CONDO PLAN," is not online.)

Also, City Council Member (and Congressional candidate) David Yassky said Wednesday night that he had sent a letter to the ESDC requesting more time for the review.

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