A new brochure from the developer states, "Three local community boards (CBs 2, 6, 8)... served as advisors in crafting the CBA." A similar statement appears in an 4/6/06 email newsletter from the developer.
Responding to the newsletter claim, the chairpersons of the three CBs sent a letter dated 5/1/06 to FCR President & CEO Bruce Ratner:
We are writing to express our belief that this statement overstates our participation. As you may or may not be aware, we were invited to play a limited role that ended months before the agreement was signed when some eventual signatories barred us from attending the working sessions. Furthermore, we were not given the opportunity to review a final draft of the document despite assurances from Mr. James P. Stuckey, in a letter dated March 23, 2005 to Community Board 2, that FCRC intended to do so.
Given the very limited role played by the three community boards in crafting the CBA and FCRC's overstatement of that fact, we are requesting that you discontinue all mention, in any form, of our participation.
The letter was signed by CB2 Chair Shirley McRae, CB6 Chair Jerry Armer, and CB8 Chair Robert Matthews. It was distributed to several local elected officials, as well as FCR VP Stuckey. (I had asked one of the CBs if they had a comment on the new brochure, and was sent a copy of the letter.)
Bill Batson, chair of CB8’s Atlantic Yards EIS Subcommittee and current candidate for State Assembly, previously commented on the developer's claim:
From my intimate knowledge, in the process, that claim is false. I know that no member of the community board saw the CBA before it was announced publicly. There was an effort to circulate an early draft. It was poorly Xeroxed, blank paper without letterhead. It had just been sent over without any explanation. We got no one to answer questions, and a document that was, quite frankly, insulting.