Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bruce Ratner on why Independent Compliance Monitor was never hired: "I don't know why not"

More legal documents have been filed in the pending lawsuit filed by trainees in the coveted pre-apprentice training program led by Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) signatory Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development (BUILD), which faces a July 11 hearing date.

Participants claim they were promised jobs and union cards by not only by BUILD but also by representatives of Forest City Ratner.

One exchange in a deposition, excerpted below, includes developer Bruce Ratner's answer to the question about why the Independent Compliance Monitor promised in the much-touted CBA, signed in June 2005, was never hired.

His answer: "I can't really answer why not. I don't even know why not."

The full answer is cut off, but Ratner's suggestion that it might have been "covered in other way" belies the plain fact of the CBA requirement. And the failure to hire the monitor exemplifies a lack of accountability regarding the project.


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