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February 7, 2006

Community groups say they were left out of Bronx market benefit pact

Metro NY
by Patrick Arden

Local politicians are touting the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) struck with Related Companies for the Bronx Terminal Market development, calling it a possible template for a CBA for a new Yankee Stadium.

However, only FOUR of the "13 named community groups" are signatories. What happened to the other groups?

“Only three signatories were necessary to make it binding,” said Anne Fenton, a spokesperson for Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. “Because the negotiations were going up to the last minute, they called seven people and stopped after they had three who could take off work to be there. They wanted to get it signed before the vote.”

But according to a nonparticipating neighborhood group called Bronx Voices for Equal Inclusion, the benefits agreement didn’t have the support of the majority of community representatives. This claim is backed up by several people who participated in the CBA negotiations and requested anonymity.


NoLandGrab: Politicians and developers have a way of taking the community out of CBA.

Posted by lumi at February 7, 2006 2:37 PM