Sunday, May 11, 2008

The fantasyland legacy of the Pataki administration

From an article, headlined Chris Ward Gets the Call, from this week's New York Observer about the new executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey:
Now Mr. Ward finds himself back in the driver’s seat on the large public projects, where he will likely spend time juggling the financial needs of projects and grappling with the obstacles that will inevitably appear at ground zero, the agency’s most expensive and high-profile initiative.

There, Mr. Ward’s entrance could lead to a revision of budgets and dates as he reviews the billions of dollars in construction that are planned and under way.

“It’s clear that the Spitzer administration inherited very unrealistic dates and budgets from the Pataki administration,” a state official said. “Chris Ward will clearly be looking very closely at all those deadlines, all those budgets.”

(Emphasis added)

Atlantic Yards is not a project of the Port Authority but rather of the Empire State Development Corporation. But it's clear that the dates and budget were very unrealistic.

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