Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The ombudsman's local office will open (finally)

OK, I'm trying to figure out the headline in today's Daily News story, Community advocate still missing in Atlantic Yards project. Yes, complaints are aired about Empire State Development Corporation ombudsman Forrest Taylor, but those have been aired for months, since he was appointed in late November.

The Daily News reports:
But since November, when Taylor started the job, office renovations and ongoing meetings with city and state officials have delayed his advocacy duties.

"He's been the ombudsman since we hired him and he's been working with the community, but this will be the first time he'll be keeping office hours," said Empire State Development Corp. spokesman Warner Johnston.


Well, he was supposed to be an advocate all along. The news is that his office on Hanson Place apparently will open soon. Right now, he's on vacation.

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