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May 19, 2006


Crain's Insider

Housing group ACORN is pressuring Democratic legislators to drop their support for a bill to reduce the size of Brooklyn Atlantic Yards. The bill was introduced this week by Assemblyman Jim Brennan with the backing of local colleagues.

So far, only Assemblyman Nick Perry has asked that his name be pulled from the bill. Perry is running for Congress, and insiders suspect he fears ACORN's political might. ACORN is also leaning on Assemblyman Roger Green, a key supporter of the development and a candidate in another congressional district. Brennan is proposing additional subsidies and a 33% reduction of the 8.7 million-square-foot project.

NoLandGrab: Since the Brennan bill would allow for at least 80% and as much as 98% of the affordable units promised by Ratner, one has to wonder what's motivating ACORN's pressure tactics.

We know they're obligated by the CBA to shill for Ratner, but does helping Bruce get his deal done now take precedence over affordable housing?

Posted by lumi at May 19, 2006 4:19 PM