Downtown Brooklyn's Next PresidentPatch reports:
The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has named 31-year-old Tucker Reed the next president of the local development corporation. A former head of the DUMBO Improvement District and policy adviser at the Department of Small Business Services, Reed begins Jan. 9. He succeeds Joe Chan, who left in September.
“Tucker is well positioned to lead the Partnership and the ongoing transformation of Downtown Brooklyn as it continues to seek new investment, create jobs and prepare the area for an even greater influx of new residents,” said Alan Fishman, co-chairman of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s Board of Directors, in a statement.As I've written, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, presumably influenced by Mayor Mike Bloomberg and member Forest City Ratner, has been a reliable cheerleader for Atlantic Yards, and once was (and perhaps still is) under investigation by the state Attorney General's office for improper lobbying.
Long a front-runner
Crain's Insider reported 11/28/11 that Reed was among the front runners for the job, along with Rob Walsh, commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services; Josh Sirefman, who formerly led the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and even Carlo Scissura, then Borough President Marty Markowitz's chief of staff (and now special advisor, having changed jobs to pursue a campaign for BP).