Governance reform

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BrooklynSpeaks' advocacy for meaningful public involvement in Atlantic Yards decision-making.

Bruce Ratner explains why Atlantic Yards needs oversight

Contact: Jo Anne Simon – (917) 685-3747
Gib Veconi – (917) 881-0401

Yesterday, Forest City Ratner Companies CEO Bruce Ratner acknowledged that Atlantic Yards won’t be built in ten years. Speaking to reporters at a presentation of the design for the “interim” plaza replacing the planned “Urban Room” in the project, Mr. Ratner said of the ten-year construction schedule promised and consistently confirmed by his company since the original unveiling of Atlantic Yards in 2003, “It was never supposed to be the time we were supposed to build them in.” Instead, he said, “It's really market-dependent as to when it will really be completed.”

More than one thousand New Yorkers demand Atlantic Yards oversight now

Contact: Jo Anne Simon – (917) 685-3747
Linda Gross, LCG Communications – (718) 853-5568; (917) 767-1141

BrooklynSpeaks, a coalition of civic associations, advocacy groups, and affordable housing organizations concerned about development at the Atlantic Yards site, today announced that over 1,000 New Yorkers have signed a petition calling for legislation mandating public oversight of the project.

New Yorkers speak up for reform of Atlantic Yards governance

Since BrooklynSpeaks launched an online petition calling on legislative leaders to act on bills directing the ESDC to form a dedicated subsidiary for oversight, over 600 New Yorkers have signed on online and in hardcopy. Here are some of the comments of concerned residents.

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