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February 15, 2008

Mum's the word on FCR's gift to Democratic "slush fund"

Atlantic Yards Report

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Since Norman Oder broke the story of ther $58,000 contribution to a Democratic State Assembly slush fund on his blog Atlantic Yards Report, only The Brooklyn Paper and WNYC News Radio have picked it up. Both media outlets have received the cold shoulder from developer Forest City Ratner and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's office.

WNYC reported:

A spokesman for the company wouldn't comment on the reason for the gift...

The top Democrat in the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, has supported Atlantic Yards in the past, and his continued backing could play a role in securing tax-exempt financing for the apartments and the basketball arena. His office would not return phone calls or an e-mail.

The Brooklyn Paper tried both sides of the deal:

The executive director of the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, Kathleen Joyce, said she could not comment for this story, but promised to find someone who could. That person never called The Brooklyn Paper.

A spokesman for Forest City Ratner said only, “No comment.”

Additionally, Norman Oder wonders if The NY Times, which maintains a business relationship with the developer, and the other dailies, will even "acknowledge this story."

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Posted by lumi at February 15, 2008 6:50 AM