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November 21, 2007

From AY to Coney: Kruger becomes "community" advocate

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder contrasts Monday night's Coney Island grandstanding by State Senator Carl Kruger with last summer's Atlantic Yards public hearing, at which the very same Carl Kruger praised the "jobs and housing and communities and neighborhoods and children" and seemed quite a bit less troubled by the lack of real public input.

The leader of the opposition to the Coney Island plan was State Sen. Carl Kruger, who even said, according to Robau, "This is a backdoor approach to eminent domain!"

(Clearly, the Bloomberg administration didn't hire Forest City Ratner's Bruce Bender, a former Democratic operative in southern Brooklyn, to court Kruger's favor, as the New York Observer pointed out last year. Then again, Kruger is politically malleable; former colleague Seymour Lachman, in his book Three Men In a Room, reported how Kruger, a Democrat, campaigned for Republican Martin Golden in return for new district boundaries that protected his seat.)

According to the Brooklyn Paper, Kruger opposed planning without consultation:
"You made a point tonight, and that is that Bloomberg isn’t going to push his Manhattan plans on Brooklyn without hearing from Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay.”

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Posted by lumi at November 21, 2007 9:39 AM