Friday, February 13, 2015

Evasive Ratner on CNBC: "I don't want to comment" on charges against Sheldon Silver

So, Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner was on CNBC this morning, in Big Apple center court at All-Star Game .

Asked if it was a big money-making weekend, Ratner said no. "You make a little bit of money. You do a lot of things because they're fun, they're enjoyable, they're great for the city, the NBA."

Or, perhaps, they also benefit his effort to sell the arena.

Ratner was asked about the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

"Look, we've had a situation in this city and town, where there's a lot of different allegations against different politicians. And it's been a very unfortunate thing in the state. I don't want to comment on that specifically. I know Sheldon Silver, and he's done a good job as our speaker for many, many years, he's stepped down. There are allegations, and we'll see what happens."

Not exactly a tough question, given how many favors with which Silver has graced Ratner, and their many ties, including Ratner's hiring of the son of Silver's chief of staff. But his evasiveness was notable.

Ratner also said he has a "a nice relationship with the mayor," which is very much true, and offered various praise for Mayor Bill de Blasio's initiatives.


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