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October 13, 2006

Secret collaborative negotiations?

Ratner-Gargano.jpgWhat is the essence of the relationship between private developers and the Empire State Development Corporation?

It's a collaboration, say the lawyers.

During arguments before Judge Edmead, lawyers for both the ESDC and Forest City Ratner argued that Mr. Paget could not have a conflict of interest in working for both because the two had a "collaborative" relationship. In other words, the state and the developer were starting from the premise that they are on the same "side" of this issue.The New York Sun, Editorial

It's a negotiation, sez the Chairman.

“First of all, what they are looking for is internal documents, working documents. ... We are now still negotiating and when you are negotiating, you don’t open your cards up to who you are negotiating with. ... That’s simple business. It is not a question of not wanting to make documents available. When they are completed, when the deal is done, then the documents will be public record.” — Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Charles Gargano on New York Voices

It's a secret!

Actually, it's more like a State secret considering the Freedom of Information requests by Assemblyman Jim Brennan, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and Atlantic Yards Report.

Posted by lumi at October 13, 2006 9:03 AM