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July 18, 2005

DDDb Press Release: We Demand MTA Accountability and Transparency

45 Community and Watchdog Groups Call on MTA to Release Ratner and Extell Bids for Vanderbilt Yards, Act Fairly and Deliberatively by Postponing Board Action Until September

NEW YORK, NY– "With a project of this magnitude on land owned and operated by a public authority it is imperative that there be absolute transparency and accountability" stated Doug Israel, policy and advocacy director of Citizens Union, "and the decision-making process must be informed and deliberative, with input from the public.

Forty-five organizations, including such heavy hitters as the Regional Plan Association, NYPIRG/Straphangers, Citizens Union, The National Taxpayer’s Union, The Sierra Club and Tri-State Transportation Campaign faxed and mailed letters to the MTA leadership on Friday, July 15. The letter was sent to MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow.

Copies of the letter were sent to Governor Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg, State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky–who fought for transparency with the dispensation of the Hudson Yards–, State Senator Vincent Leibell whose Public Authorities Reform Act of 2005 (Assembly counterpart, Brodsky) will have an effect on the RFP process for Vanderbilt Yards. Copies were also sent to MTA Executive Director Katherine Lapp, MTA Director of Real Estate Roco Krsulic, and the entire MTA board.

“The people will not accept a repeat of the West Side process. We are expressing very clearly to the MTA that there are two legitimate proposals that they must give equal consideration. The MTA and Ratner have been negotiating for two years, the least they can do is refrain from rushing to a decision in two weeks. Also, the land they are dispensing is public land and therefore the bids should be made public before a decision is made,” said Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn spokesperson, Daniel Goldstein.

To view the letter and co-signers go to: http://www.dddb.net/mtaletter

Posted by lumi at July 18, 2005 9:51 PM