The Cotton contradiction: Forest City's lobbying leader also presents herself as point person for community complaints
“It’s generally a young, up-and-coming talent – someone with potential to be in the C-suite a little further on in their career,” said Bob O’Brien, the head of global and U.S. real estate services at Deloitte.
And, oddly enough, she also puts herself forth as the chief point person for community complaints about Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.
Prospect Heights resident and watchdog Peter Krashes said the issue has "come up for years. In a all deference to the notion of the [project] Community Liaison [at Forest City's office]... The Community Liaison is not responsible for maintaining the site, understanding the site, being basically the point person who’s responsible for maintaining the security, in terms of the construction, the arena, and how those intersect. That's a daytime thing, it’s a night time thing. We've asked for security people come to these meeting.. having one person that community knows is responsible for security of the project would be helpful."
"So, where’s is the point person" who ties in with the project, arena operations, the police, the Department of Transportation? he asked. "Yes, it has spikes going out to different agencies, but there should be somebody the community knows and who comes to these meetings."
Cotton was unbowed. "You guys know what I'm going to say: me. I am so entrenched, in the construction, in the arena, in the DOT. You guys don’t think I take this seriously?" she said a little woundedly. "I give up."
Same as it ever was
"In addition, sorry, we stay the same. Barclays Center and Onexim have contracted back with me, as a Forest City employee. [Arena Community Affairs Manager] Terence [Kelly] is already a BEC [Brooklyn Events Center] employee, to continue to fulfill the Community Benefits Agreement, government relations, community relations, press related items, all of that stays the same. It was announced in press release when we completed the sale. I wanted to make sure that you all know: nothing’s changing to you guys, you can still direct your complaints to us."
"It keeps the consistency," she continued. "You don't care who owns the arena if you've got noise.. You want to know who to contact, it’s the same Community Liaison... Roberta [Fearon] and obviously the whole team as it relates to construction. Terence and I as it relates to arena."