The Observer's Eliot Brown writes:
While the chairs on the task force represent an array of interests, the membership of the broader commission has a lefty bent, with representation from all the major unions on development issues (the Hotel and Motel Trades, SEIU 32BJ, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, and the Building Trades); affordable housing groups such as the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development; and small business advocates such as lobbyist Richard Lipsky.Lefty bent? Maybe.
Through an AY lens
I'll point out that the task force contains three advocates for the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA): Scott Cantone of Forest City Ratner; Richard Lipsky of the Neighborhood Retail Alliance (and an FCR lobbyist); and Roger Green, the former Assemblyman and head of the DuBois-Bunche Urban Policy Center.
It also contains two clear critics of the agreement: urban planning professor Tom Angotti of Hunter College and Bettina Damiani of Good Jobs New York.
Beyond that, there are several others likely to be supporters of the AY CBA, such as Kevin Doyle of Local 32BJ. There are also several likely to be critics, such as Julia Vitullo-Martin, late of the Manhattan Institute and now of the Regional Plan Association.
Could that mean, when it comes to any evaluation of the AY CBA, gridlock?
The task force