Updated: Bertha Lewis's Black Institute auctioning suite access to Jay-Z to raise $25,000; all CBA signatories got free suites
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Erin Durkin of the Daily News got the story first, reporting (in an article not online) yesterday that each of the Community Benefits Agreement signatories got access to a Barclays Center suite for each of the Jay-Z concerts.
This is part of a pledge to set aside a suite for each arena event for community access--only this time, they go as rewards to the signatories. As Durkin noted:
Many of the affordable housing and jobs benefits spelled out in the agreement have not yet come to fruition.That last sentence seems rather self-explanatory.
But the nonprofit groups, all of which received funding from Ratner in the past, have remained loyal.