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November 17, 2006

The board meeting brought to you by Atlantic Yards Report and the letters E, S, D, and C

At the ESDC meeting: a quick bureaucratic action
For those of you who didn't make it to the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) board meeting, Norman Oder explains the proceedings.

ESDC Director of Planning and Environmental Review Rachel Shatz explained...

"Before the FEIS can be filed and distributed, it must be determined to be complete by the corporation, since the corporation is the lead agency for the project. That is the only step being requested today," she continued. "The directors will be asked to affirm the General Project Plan and take all other actions necessary to complete the project at a later date."

Then came the sales pitch:

Chairman Charles Gargano asked if there were any questions or comments. There were none.

He offered one. “I know this was a very detailed and long process, as it should be. I know, having personally lived near this area… it’s been a blighted area, undeveloped for more than 50 years. So finally we’re seeing a development here…. and bringing back a team that left New York for New Jersey…”

Gargano on PACB reform, not-so-friendly condemnations, and RFPs

And speaking about Gargano, what does the Chairman of the ESDC really think about the Public Authorities Control Board, "friendly :) condemnations," the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Bruce Ratner?

Norman Oder published lengthy excerpts from Gargano's post-meeting press conference.

Posted by lumi at November 17, 2006 8:23 AM