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October 24, 2008

"It's just not right": City Council term limits override recalls AY hearing plaint

Atlantic Yards Report

Who would've guessed that Mayor Mike Bloomberg's successful effort to have the City Council overturn and extend voter-imposed term limits (for themselves, Borough Presidents, and citywide office holders) would make the Atlantic Yards approval process look like an exercise in direct democracy?

The Atlantic Yards project was announced in December 2003; in September 2005, the Empire State Development Corporation began the process of the environmental review, which took 15 months.

Bloomberg's power move took all of three weeks. Of course, as with Atlantic Yards, he had supporters lined up.

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Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn: From Land Grabs to THE Power Grab

Needless to say, it is not a suprise to us that this Mayor who unilaterally took the decision-making power over Atlantic Yards away from the City Council, fostering Bruce Ratner's land grab, took the next step and grabbed the power, today, with strong arm tactics. What is a bit surprising is that the body whose power was usurped by the Mayor for Atlantic Yards allowed him to do it again.

Posted by lumi at October 24, 2008 5:14 AM