Thursday, May 28, 2009

Senator Perkins confirms that Forest City Ratner was invited to the hearing

State Senator Bill Perkins took umbrage at the quotation from an unnamed Forest City Ratner representative, as reported in Errol Louis’s Daily News column today, that the developer “wasn't even asked to testify at Perkins' invitation-only hearing.”

“I’m disturbed by the insinuation we did not invite Forest City Ratner,” Perkins told me, after I called his office to inquire. “You can be sure that if they called to meet with me”—the developer asked Perkins to postpone the hearing—“you can be sure they were invited.”

He said that FCR had been invited by mail, fax, and email, and that, “when their representative met with me to share some of their concerns, they were invited by me personally.”

Need for oversight

“Change in itself is not a bad thing,” Perkins said, “but if there is a change, the public has a right to know how their investment of public resources is being used.”

Whether or not FCR shows up Friday, “there without a doubt will be additional hearings” on Atlantic Yards, Perkins said. “I would hope they live up to their responsibility to the public, and let the public know where they’re coming from.”

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