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April 27, 2009

Waiting for the judges to rule in both major AY cases (and watching Forest City Ratner repeat a discredited lie)

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder outlines the arguments from latest briefs filed in the appeals of the environmental and eminent domain cases against Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards plan. At times the opposing lawyers get a little feisty and Oder catches Ratner attorney Jeffrey Braun in a lie, though Braun filed an affirmation of the Empire State Development Corporation's briefs "under penalty of perjury":

Braun also asserted that AY would serve as “a powerful engine of economic growth,” claiming that that the environmental impact statement (EIS] estimated that the project would create 15,000 construction jobs and between 1300 and 6400 permanent jobs, as well as “$4.4 billion in net tax revenues for the City and the State over 30 years.”

Except the EIS said no such thing. In January 2008, Braun used the same language, then, after AYR and Baker called him out on it, admitted he was “mistaken.” (See graphics below, by Abby Weissman.) It's time for him to amend the affirmation he filed in court earlier this month.

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Posted by lumi at April 27, 2009 5:21 AM