Thursday, April 10, 2008

Reading the Paterson tea leaves: AY unmentioned in speech about development

Governor David Paterson's speech Monday (video from The Observer) to the Association for a Better New York took on the following topics: the MTA, Ground Zero, congestion pricing, the Second Avenue Subway, the East Side Access project (bringing the suburban Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central station), Moynihan Station, and Governors Island.

Unmentioned: Atlantic Yards.

Does the fact that he's not pushing the project means he's opposing it? Nope.

Perhaps it just means that he's taking a hands-off attitude for now, as Forest City Ratner waits for the market to change. But will he support more subsidies for the project?

What Paterson said

From the transcript:
And then we have to go on from there to face other challenges; challenges that we must face right here in New York City. We have to build an infrastructure that will allow us to continue to be competitive. We have to develop the East Side Access. We have to build the 2nd Avenue subway. We have to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge, and we have to create a fourth major airport at Stewart Airport. We have to develop the far west side of this area, creating a third downtown center in the downstate region, with the development of the Hudson Yards and the establishment of Moynihan Station.
...And we have to find a workable and sensible plan to develop one of our great civic treasures as we redesign the structure and outlook at Governors Island.

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