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November 1, 2006

In Shift, Newark Mayor Backs Hockey Arena After Team Agrees to Offer Local Aid

The NY Times
By Andrew Jacobs

After months of negotiations with the owner of the Devils, [Newark Mayor Corey Booker] held a news conference to trumpet a series of modest concessions he had wrung from the team, which will move next year from the Meadowlands to the $365 million stadium that is rapidly taking shape a few hundred yards from City Hall.

Basically, Mayor Booker negotiated community benefits even after ground had been broken. He also rolled out the welcome mat for Bruce Ratner's NJ Nets:

The Booker administration would also love to lure the Nets basketball team if plans for a new home in Brooklyn come to naught.

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Posted by lumi at November 1, 2006 8:16 AM