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May 5, 2008

BUILD and the unions bond, at least with t-shirts

Atlantic Yards Report

At the counter-protest, where union members joined with signatories of the Community Benefits Agreement, the claims that developer Bruce Ratner will deliver thousands of units of affordable housing were joined by the need for "jobs" to jump start the sagging economy, in order to justify the project:

A related flier distributed at the event, headlined "Build Safe Brooklyn," was subtitled "Communities & Unions Working Together."

Support the Atlantic Yards Project, it read. "Tell your local politicians NOT to use this Project as a tool for their ELECTION! This project is $ Real Money $ for a sagging economy."

"Jump start Brooklyn's Economy by supporting this JOBSITE. Call these politicians and tell them, 'Support US or we WON'T support you.'"

The three politicians targeted: City Council Members David Yassky (running for Comptroller), Bill de Blasio (running for Brooklyn Borough President), and Letitia James (up for reelection). James was referred to as "Tisha."

It's another sign that Atlantic Yards is perceived to be very much in play politically. If Borough President Marty Markowitz runs for mayor, what will he say about AY?

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Posted by lumi at May 5, 2008 5:38 AM