Construction of the Barclays Center arena is moving ahead, but the completion of Phase I and all of Phase II of the Atlantic Yards project risks being significantly delayed. Sadly, the promises of jobs, economic vitality for the area, income for the City of New York, affordable housing, and open space all seem unlikely to be realized for decades, if not generations.
BrooklynSpeaks and Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn want successful development of the Atlantic Yards site. We want what the State and City want: the economic development, the jobs, and the public benefits that a healthy development can provide—not in the 25 years now understood by all as being likely, but within the next few years as needed.
As Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries bill to reform oversight of the Atlantic Yards project was on its way to the floor of the New York State Assembly, developer Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) lobbied legislators to vote against the bill by, among other things, circulating a “Memorandum in Opposition.”
On Saturday, June 11, community members, civic organizations and elected officials came together to hear about how legislation now before the State Assembly and Senate can help make Atlantic Yards accountable to the public. Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries explained how, against the lobbying efforts of developer Forest City Ratner, a bill to require the Empire State Development Corporation to form a subsidiary for Atlantic Yards oversight has cleared two key Assembly committees, and is one step away from going to the floor. But as State Senator Velmanette Montgomery warned, it’s critical that New Yorkers make their voices heard because “we are dealing with an environment where money trumps almost everything. It is only the voters who are going to be able to match the leverage."
If you weren’t able to join us on Saturday and sign a letter to the State legislative leadership, please take a minute to email each of them now by clicking the links below. It just takes a minute, and your voice will make a big difference!
(Photo: Tracy Collins)