So what Skelos (R-L.I.) is trying to do — and may very well get away with — is disturbing but just barely legal.And wouldn't that apply to, say, the Empire State Development Corporation's production of an Atlantic Yards Blight Study with bogus crime information?
And that’s Albany in a nutshell. Politicians doing things that damn well ought to be against the law but aren’t.
As political columnist Michael Kinsley has often said: Sometimes the real scandal is what’s legal.
This watchdog blog, by journalist Norman Oder, offers analysis, commentary, and reportage about the $4.9B project to build the Barclays Center arena and 15-16 towers at a crucial site in Brooklyn. Dubbed Atlantic Yards by developer Forest City Ratner in 2003, it was rebranded Pacific Park Brooklyn in 2014 after the Chinese government-owned Greenland Group bought a 70% stake going forward. As of 2018, after the arena and four towers were built, Greenland will own 95% of future construction.