Wednesday, December 06, 2006

DDDB asks PACB to say "whoa;" Lupica puts Silver on notice

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) yesterday delivered 3600 letters to the controlling members of the Public Authorities Control Board (PACB), asking them to wait to vote on the Atlantic Yards project until the eminent domain case is resolved.

The PACB, whose controlling members are Governor George Pataki, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, could get to vote on the project as early as December 15, assuming the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) approves the project at its meeting on Friday. (Note: the meeting time has been changed to 3:30 pm from 10 am.)

Lupica's broadside

On Sunday, Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica urged Silver, the only Democrat among the trio, to put the project on hold:
Shelly Silver can be the one to stop this between now and the end of the year, tell Ratner to bring the project back to him in miniature, not as something that eats up neighborhoods and homes in the name of Ratner.

Silver may slow the project--if not for the months and years that the eminent domain case might take to resolve--given that he's been feuding with ESDC Chairman Charles Gargano. Also, he may want the project to be considered under the administration of incoming Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a fellow Democrat. Then again, both Silver and Spitzer generally favor the project, and have been keeping their cards close to their vests.

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