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May 26, 2007

Shake-Up of Board Is Defended

New York Times
By ANDY NEWMAN

When the board appointments were made public on Tuesday, Mr. Markowitz was accused of punishing members of Community Board 6, which includes parts of Park Slope, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens, for opposing him on Atlantic Yards. He removed a greater percentage of members who sought reappointment in Community Board 6 than in any of the other 17 boards in the borough. The borough president reappoints or replaces 25 of a community board’s 50 volunteer members each year.

Mr. Markowitz said that he was “not happy” with the nonbinding resolutions that Community Board 6 passed denouncing Atlantic Yards last year, while the project awaited eventual state approval. (The project’s developer, Forest City Ratner, is the development partner in a new Midtown headquarters for The New York Times Company.)

As the appointing authority, Mr. Markowitz added, he should have been kept abreast of community board members’ concerns. “We had no clue here that they were going to have this resolution for vote at the board,” he said.

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Posted by amy at May 26, 2007 11:45 AM