Friday, October 14, 2011

ESD CEO Kenneth Adams taking online questions tomorrow; BrooklynSpeaks encourages questions about Atlantic Yards

A BrooklynSpeaks news release:
What about the rest of Atlantic Yards? Ask Kenneth Adams.
ESDC CEO to take questions in live web chat 9AM Saturday 10/15.

It’s been nine months since Governor Cuomo named Kenneth Adams CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation. Now it’s your chance to find out what we can expect from his agency’s management of Atlantic Yards. Tomorrow morning (Saturday 10/15) at 9AM, Mr. Adams will answer questions in a live web chat on the Governor’s CitizenConnects site. You can send in your questions now.

Some of the things we’d like to know:

· What is he doing to accelerate the delivery of affordable housing and creation of jobs at Atlantic Yards?
· Does he agree with ESDC’s December 2010 argument that 25 years of construction is no worse for the local community than 10 years?
· Why is his agency appealing a July New York State Supreme Court decision ordering ESDC to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement analyzing the effects of the 2009 modified Atlantic Yards plan on the surrounding neighborhoods?
My question

I posted my own question:
At a community meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Sept. 26, Mr. Adams was asked if he had seen AtlanticYardsWatch.net, which archives a steady series of community complaints about Atlantic Yards construction impacts. He said no, but he would check it out. I'm interested to know if he has checked it out, and to what extent he's concerned about further mitigating those impacts.
A caveat

Given that the stated topic of the chat is "jobs" rather than the overall work of the agency Adams heads, it's possible that most if not all questions about Atlantic Yards will be seen as somewhat off topic.

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