Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting, previously set for September 8, rescheduled for September 22; reason unclear, but timing precludes discussion of bollard plan

The bi-monthly meeting of the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet, which was  originally scheduled for September 8, has been postponed to Thursday. September 22, from 9:30-11:30 am at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

No reason was given in the message (which I received indirectly) from the office of Borough President Marty Markowitz. It could be that some key participants no longer were available.

However, it should be noted that, by postponing the meeting, that ensure there can be little or no productive discussion about the bollard plan regarding the perimeter of the arena block. The deadline for public comment, originally August 25, was pushed back to September 22.

Typical activity

The meeting, which typically features a presentation by developer Forest City Ratner, comments from Empire State Development and other city or state agencies, and questions from elected officlas (notably City Council Member Letitia James) and sometimes Community Board representatives, is open to the public for observation.

However, no agenda is publicly released--nor, for that matter, are the meetings announced to the press. Nor are photography or video permitted. Nevertheless, important issues, such as the rat problem around the Atlantic Yards site, get discussed.

If anyone has questions, they should submit them to the offices of James, the Borough President, ESD, or the three affected community boards.

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