If the project does survive pending lawsuits, what then, given the uncertainty about any part of Atlantic Yards beyond the arena and one tower, might Forest City Ratner be saying to government officials in reassurance?
Perhaps (I speculate) it's this: We'll get things done with stimulus funds.
The D'Amato connection
Despite the statement by ESDC CEO Marisa Lago at a May 29 state Senate hearing that no federal stimulus funds had been sought for Atlantic Yards, the developer is still actively lobbying in Washington.
In 2008, FCR paid D'Amato only $80,000. This year, FCR is on pace to pay D'Amato double that sum, $160,000, at least based on the first quarterly filing.
And, as the Observer reported, the target is stimulus funds. If a new round of federal funds becomes available next year--and the Obama administration is keeping an open mind--Forest City Ratner might be arguing that the public should help with the infrastructure it promised.
Bloomberg's selective disgust at "pulling strings"
In 2004, remember, D'Amato was hired by Cablevision, owner of Madison Square Garden, to lobby against the West Side Stadium.