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April 13, 2009

Senator Perkins begins to gear up for Atlantic Yards oversight hearing, but it won’t be held April 24

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder is reporting that, though the NY State Senate Standing Committee on Corporations's "tentatively scheduled April 24 hearing" on Atlantic Yards has been postponed, some members are getting up to speed on the problems and challenges associated with Bruce Ratner's historic megaproject.

If a legislative oversight hearing on Atlantic Yards scheduled this month sounded too soon to be true, well, that was right.

More pressing Senate business has delayed the tentatively scheduled April 24 hearing by the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions regarding the performance of agencies like the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

It may make for a more thorough hearing, as well, since Senate Committee Chair Bill Perkins, as well as his main staff member working on the issue, are clearly still getting up to speed on Atlantic Yards.

Perkins, a Harlem Democrat who last September held an oversight hearing on eminent domain, came to Brooklyn Saturday to meet with about 15 people--mostly but not exclusively critics and opponents of AY--to be briefed on the project.

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Posted by lumi at April 13, 2009 6:15 AM