Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Will Brodsky look into the curious assessments in the Atlantic Yards arena block?

I wrote last Wednesday about how the New York City Department of Finance would not answer questions about the curious elevated reassessments of properties in the Atlantic Yards arena block.

And I noted that, while the questionable assessments in the case of the new Yankee Stadium generated vigorous criticism from Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, he has mostly been agnostic about Atlantic Yards and hasn't turned his attention to the assessment issue.

On Sunday, at the press conference on the bill concerning public authorities reform, I asked Brodsky if he knew about the issue and would look into it.

His answer was careful, neither ruling Atlantic Yards in or out: "There are a lot of very reasonable questions about the role of the assessor's office in these large authority deals, that are currently under review."

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