Monday, January 26, 2015

First meeting of Atlantic Yards CDC set for Friday, in Manhattan, not Brooklyn; no details yet about board, agenda

With four days to go, Empire State Development issued a Community Advisory Monday re-affirming that the first meeting of the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, originally slated to occur in December, would indeed occur at 2 pm on Friday, January 30, as announced in December.

The new board, "responsible for monitoring the delivery of public commitments" but without clear enforcement, was established as part of the compromise announced last June, which set a new 2025 deadline to build the promised affordable housing and, essentially, finish the residential portion of the the project.

Details on the AY CDC
However, rather than being held somewhere in Brooklyn, as promised in December, the meeting will occur at Empire State Development offices in Manhattan, thus making it more difficult for Brooklynites to attend. All must RSVP by Thursday.

Nor has the state released basic information about the new AY CDC, such as the names of the appointees (the governor has nine of 14 slots), and the agenda. (I asked Empire State Development these questions on January 16, and asked again after the notice emerged today.)

One concern, surely, is the tension between getting the project done and cutting corners. Neighbors have recently reported after-hours construction and too-constricted streets, as detailed on Atlantic Yards Watch.

Who's in charge?

Nor has the identity of the AY CDC director been announced.

The recruitment ad promised a salary of $70,000 to $75,000 annually--far lower than the salary for the in-house Project Director--while requiring "5+ years as a Project Manager for large real estate development projects working with government entities and private developers."

Meeting details

COMMUNITY ADVISORY
What: The Directors of the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development. 
When: Friday, January 30, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Empire State Development
633 Third Avenue – 37th Floor Conference Room
New York, New York 10017 
This meeting is open to the public. Web casting of the meeting is available at http://www.esd.ny.gov/webcasts/ 
Due to 633 Third Avenue building procedures, those wishing to attend please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Members of the press should please call (800) 260-7313; Members of the public should please call (212) 803-3795.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:57 AM

    The job was only posted on the ESDC website. This has been an ongoing problem with the management or lack of management in the HR Dept. at ESDC that they don't properly post job postings on other websites besides their own. Where this agency recruits candidates besides Cuomo's donors who knows? http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/cuomo-plan-hire-best-brightest-cost-21m-article-1.1513835 When you call this firm they say they have no jobs.

    So who's running ESDC right now? How ethical is another donor of Cuomo ends up getting the gig to run this agency for $1. Will Joe Chan continue to give lip service with no results? Will the preacher/community relations whatever his title is Marion Phillips pray that ESDC doesn't go down with Sheldon Silver.

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  2. Anonymous2:29 PM

    Headline says it all succinctly.

    Also you know they just hire friends and cronies, so the job announcement is just pro forma.

    Finally, this comment made me chuckle knowingly:"the preacher/community relations whatever his title is"

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