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October 23, 2008

Connecting the opposition to Bloomberg's power grab to AY opposition

Atlantic Yards Report

We all know, thanks to some vigorous reporting by the New York Times (which hasn't devoted similar scrutiny to Atlantic Yards), that Bloomberg has used his philanthropic clout to influence testimony.

And what about Atlantic Yards? Yesterday, [blogger Michael D.D.] White tried to connect some dots:
It seems pretty simple. In an apparent quid-pro-quo for city approvals for Atlantic Yards, developer/subsidy-collector Forest City Ratner gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Mayor’s charities; the Mayor then uses his charities as an instrument of pressure to generate coerced testimony in favor of his remaining in office.

It is, of course, "apparent" rather than proven. But the philanthropic angle behind Atlantic Yards deserves as much scrutiny as the similar effort behind the term limits override. Perhaps the Times, and [Daily News columnist Errol] Louis, can take a look.

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Posted by eric at October 23, 2008 1:52 PM