An ESD official told me yesterday that the meetings indeed are on a quarterly schedule, because the last meeting, in October 2015, was in the fourth quarter of the year, and the next one, in March 2016, is in the first quarter. OK, then.
There has been periodic slippage in the AY CDC schedule. It was supposed to meet within six months of the settlement--by the end of 2015--but did not do so.
In September, a state official said the goal for the first meeting was no later than December 15.
At an 11/19/14 public meeting, we were told the board would meet during the week of December 15. It was announced for 1/30/15, then postponed a week.
Once the AY CDC got started, it met five times in a year:
- 2/6/15--first meeting
- 3/23/15--second meeting
- 5/19/15---third meeting
- 7/28/15--fourth meeting
- 10/20/15--fifth meeting
Issues for the future
The board has been bypassed regarding major decisions.
"I don't think a new owner will be motivated to address them more than the current owners," Veconi said. "I would like Atlantic Yards CDC to have an ability to weigh in on what some of the mitigations might be" before the transaction is approved. That didn't happen.
Board member Jaime Stein has consistently requested more information about the state's response to the impacts of project construction and operation.
"I have questions about this report," Stein said last October, pointing to a document she had been given regarding the state's environmental monitor. It covered the months January through March of this year, was apparently written in August, and was received in October. She added that she had asked AY CDC Executive Director Tobi Jaiyesimi "that appendices be posted on the [project] web site."
Stein asked if a representative of that monitor, HDR, could attend the next AY CDC meeting to answer questions. She was told yes, so that would be a new step.