Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Jeffries: ESDC "nontransparent and unaccountable"

Governor David Paterson's proposal to fold the Department of Economic Development and the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation into the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), which is run by an appointed board historically controlled by the governor, has drawn widespread criticism from labor leaders and Democratic legislators

"This is anti-reform in the guise of consolidation," said Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who chairs the committee overseeing public authorities, according to the Albany Times-Union.

Brooklyn Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries said his dealings with ESDC on the Atlantic Yards project had shown it to be "nontransparent and unaccountable," according to the report.

And that was before Jeffries got a chance to learn about the ESDC's obfuscation regarding developer Forest City Ratner's cessation of work at the Vanderbilt Yard.

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