Tuesday, February 12, 2008

From Forest City Ratner, CBA grade inflation

Developer Forest City Ratner, never shy to tout the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), has been getting more bold, even as city officials back away from the concept.

From then Forest City Ratner executive Jim Stuckey's 4/16/07 affidavit last year in the lawsuit challenging the environmental review, regarding the CBA:
We believe it may set a standard for future projects in the City.


From the 1/17/08 affidavit of Stuckey's successor, Maryanne Gilmartin:
We believe it may set a standard for future projects in the City and around the country.
(Emphasis added)

A more critical view comes from Amy Lavine, a staff attorney at the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, who has been researching CBAs and wrote in a 1/29/08 post:
Moreover, fears that the Atlantic Yards CBA will establish “bad precedent” for future CBAs have died down somewhat. The Atlantic Yards CBA has been so thoroughly criticized (see here and here) that other New York CBA negotiators have expressly chosen to avoid “the Brooklyn model.”

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