Friday, September 16, 2011

ESD CEO Kenneth Adams to meet Brooklynites concerned about Atlantic Yards; session is invite-only, questions must be submitted beforehand

In July, at the bi-monthly Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting, Council Member Letitia James asked Arana Hankin, Atlantic Yards Project Director for Empire State Development, if she could get Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams, a Brooklynite, to come to a Town Hall meeting in Brooklyn.

Well, Adams will appear at a Brooklyn Borough Hall meeting September 26 from 6-8 pm, but the meeting is not public, and limited to representatives of specific community groups, which can each send one representative. Questions must be submitted in advanced and asked by elected officials.

James told me yesterday that she had requested that Adams attend the District Service Cabinet and a community meeting. "This is their version of a community meeting," she said in an email. Representatives from some 30 groups were invited to submit questions.

Meeting overview

According to a message sent yesterday from James's office to specific groups (and forwarded to me by one recipient):
Borough President Marty Markowitz and Council Member Letitia James, along with State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, and Council Member Stephen Levin, have invited Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams to Brooklyn to meet with local civic groups and block associations regarding the future of the Atlantic Yards project. Your group or organization is invited to send one representative.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
I Atlantic Yards district service cabinet – what it is & what it is not
II Current conditions & Issues: public safety & NYPD structure; parking – illegal on-street & off-street surface lot; litter; rodent control
III Phase II
IV Governance

In order to facilitate a productive discussion, we are asking that questions for Mr. Adams be submitted in advance. (Questions will be asked by those elected officials in attendance.)

The deadline to submit questions is now this Friday, September 16, at 12 noon. We ask that you limit your questions to no more than three.

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