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June 10, 2006

Payback? Yassky asks City Council to give BUILD $3M to fulfill Ratner's CBA

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Atlantic Yards Report:

It looks a lot like payback. Council Member David Yassky, the only white candidate (of four Democrats) in a heated campaign to win the open seat in the black majority 11th Congressional District, on May 7 announced the support of several community activists, including three signatories to the controversial Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement, or CBA. (None of the three, who are black, were identified in Yassky’s press release as associated with the organizations that signed the CBA.) Within ten days, Yassky filed a City Council Priorities Request asking taxpayers to send $3 million for job training to Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development (BUILD), the most controversial of the CBA signatories, which is headed by James Caldwell, one of those supporters at Yassky’s press conference.

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This information should provide some interesting fodder for Al Vann's Stop Yassky meeting.

Posted by amy at June 10, 2006 9:39 AM