Video: MTA official says FCR's arena plans were "principal driver" of "cramped" timing for board to vote on revised deal
Board member Doreen Frasca said, "I guess just an observation, and I know staff has worked very long and hard on this, including into this weekend, but I note that it's one month shy of four years since the board accepted the Forest City Ratner proposal, and this committee and this board is being given less than 48 hours to understand the complexities and vote intelligently... I think that's pretty outrageous. Why do we have to vote on Wednesday?"
"Well, of course, you don't," Dellaverson responded. "It's entirely at the board's discretion to accept or reject, to send back to the negotiating table, or to simply warehouse. I think that, the way that I would describe the timing to you--I think that the feeling cramped--there's not much I can do about it. That is what it is. That's a function of the--I came back to you and reported to you last month on what it is that I thought was going to happen in the contours of those negotiations, and it has happened consistent with that time frame.
"The arena?" Frasca followed up.
"Sure," Dellaverson responded.