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December 7, 2006

DDDB Press Release
On Eve of Special ESDC Board Meeting Chairman Charles Gargano Says

Atlantic Yards Eminent Domain Condemnation Won’t Be Approved Tomorrow

NEW YORK, NY— The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) will hold a special board meeting tomorrow to approve the Atlantic Yards General Project Plan, State Environmental Quality Review findings, and eminent domain condemnation of properties in the proposed project site in accordance with New York State’s Eminent Domain Procedure Law (EDPL).

ESDC Chairman Charles Gargano–a defendant in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the use of eminent domain for the Atlantic Yards project–appeared live on WNYC radio’s Brian Lehrer show this morning. When asked if the ESDC will approve the use of eminent domain at their board meeting tomorrow, the agency’s Chairman said, “No, there is nothing about that tomorrow.”

If the Chairman’s’ answer is correct, it would be news to everyone including the ESDC staff that worked over the Thanksgiving weekend to ensure the Board’s approval could occur on December 8th.

“We would be delighted if Chairman Gargano was accurate in saying that eminent domain won’t be approved tomorrow, but we, and everyone else, fully expect that approval to occur,” said Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn spokesman Daniel Goldstein.

Without the use of eminent domain Forest City Ratner's “Atlantic Yards” cannot be built as proposed.

Norman Oder who runs the Atlantic Yards Report has just clarified the confusion. According to the ESDC spokeswoman Jessica Copen, the Chairman "misspoke." More from Mr. Oder is here: http://atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com/2006/12/gargano-stumbles-on-lehrers-show-no.html

Posted by lumi at December 7, 2006 11:04 PM