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February 14, 2009

Three-in-one Atlantic Yards Report

And who's the state's new Chief Judge? Sheldon Silver's pal

Norman Oder notes the intrigue involved in the appointment of Jonathan Lippman as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals in New York. Lippman owes his rise to New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Barrett writes: In fact, the story of how Lippman reached this pinnacle has its shabby side. He exudes an above-politics reform aura, but he did not climb to the top of the state's judiciary without making some stops in the dark along the way. His ally, Silver, helped clear that path to power, working a system whose anti-democratic ways have been rebuked by two federal courts.

Lippman has been a hardworking ambassador and manager of the courts for decades, visiting almost all of the system's 343 locations and acquainting himself with virtually every one of its 1,300 judges. But he has also been its consummate political player, seemingly more interested in influence than law.

Heres the Atlantic Yards connection:

Lippman, as Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, was on the panel that in September heard the appeal of the case challenging the AY environmental review; he asked some thoughtful questions and didn't betray his hand.

A ruling in that case is awaited. Should the defendant Empire State Development Corporation prevail, an appeal is automatic only if there are two dissenting judges.

Nets keep "selling" tickets: 10 for $10 each, including top teams

Tickets for New Jersey Nets games can be had quite cheaply:

Hm. Maybe the tickets to Nets games distributed free on Ticketmaster were bought by Saveology, as the Times reported last Sunday, but if so, the team retained a marketing arrangement--perhaps because the tickets were sold so cheap.

From a commenter on NetsDaily: BTW I got free tix from ticket master for 4 games. Then the Nets sales department called and asked if I would be interested in 10 games for 100.00. Games include Lakers, Cavs, Knicks and Magic. Not bad

Not bad, indeed. Those are three of the top teams in the league, plus a cross-town rival. And $20 is the lowest announced ticket price.

A correction in the record regarding the 2008 State of the Borough Address

In his 2008 State of the Borough Address, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz stated incorrectly, "At Atlantic Yards, we celebrate the fact that a Community Benefits Agreement will guarantee that fully one half of those units will be priced below market rates."

I pointed out 2/8/08 that only half of the rental units would be affordable, even though developer Forest City Ratner initially claimed that half of all the housing would be affordable.

Last night, I took a look at the transcript of the speech. It now includes an asterix:
AT ATLANTIC YARDS, WE CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT A COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT WILL GUARANTEE THAT FULLY ONE HALF OF THOSE [RENTAL* ] UNITS WILL BE PRICED BELOW MARKET RATES.
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*Revision made on February 8 following delivery of State of the Borough Address

Apparently someone in the BP's office reads this blog, and responsibly corrected the record.

Posted by steve at February 14, 2009 8:45 AM