Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Outsourcing government to Forest City Ratner: three examples

1. The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) lets developer Forest City Ratner supply the Atlantic Yards Construction Updates sent out under ESDC cover.

2. The ESDC, as noted by the Court of Appeals decision in the Atlantic Yards eminent domain case, lets the developer [indirectly] pay for a Blight Study by AKRF--part of the ESDC's General Project Plan--that declares blighted the properties needed for the project.

3. Mayor Mike Bloomberg relies on Forest City Ratner's figures regarding jobs, rather than more conservative government estimates.

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