September 21, 2009
Looking at ACORN's testimony before the ESDC: boilerplate support without any acknowledgment of doubt
Atlantic Yards Report
Norman Oder fact checks and analyzes local ACORN head Pat Boone's testimony in support of Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards project at last week's board meeting of the Empire State Development Corporation:
...ACORN, according to the May 2005 Housing Memorandum of Understanding, agreed to "take reasonable steps to publicly support the project by, among other things, appearing with the developer before the Public Parties, community organizations, and the media.
So that's why Pat Boone, president of New York state ACORN, was speaking. Her boilerplate support deserves closer analysis.
Boone raised no doubts about Bruce Ratner's vague construction timetable, the lack of affordable-housing guarantees if limited housing-construction subsidies are not available, and that only 14% of the planned housing units will be available to ACORN's main constituency, low-income families.
Posted by lumi at September 21, 2009 6:00 AM