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November 4, 2008

As Election Day approaches, a deficit of democracy in New York City

Atlantic Yards Report

Prospect Heights activist Patti Hagan testified at yesterday's hearing at which Mayor Bloomberg signed the term-limit extension bill:

After your strong-armed, knuckle busting performance last month to get term limit extended, I'd like to refresh your memory on the subject of term limits extension--in your own words.

You said: "The public has spoken twice and they have spoken quite clearly. I don't know that you should keep shopping for a different answer."

...Unfortunately, Mr. Mayor, you have a bad habit of ignoring the People of NYC--you don't care what we think or vote. Instead, you govern imperiously with an inner circle, limited constituency of a couple dozen billionaire overdevelopers like the predatory Bruce Ratner--you blessed his Ratlantic Yards land grab in Brooklyn--and look where that has gone in 5½ years! Nowhere! Jinxed!

Norman Oder notes that Bruce Ratner has received a lot of special consideration from the Mayor:

Well, it's gotten official approval and pre-construction demolition and utility relocation has begun. Whether it actually gets off the ground is another question. Suffice it to say that developer Forest City Ratner is happy with the mayor, as FCR executive MaryAnne Gilmartin indicated last week.

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Posted by lumi at November 4, 2008 4:50 AM