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September 3, 2009

Straight from (then) ESDC CEO's mouth: a promise of two community meetings

Atlantic Yards Report

OK, the production is lousy, but you should get the point. At the June 23 board meeting of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), then CEO Marisa Lago promised not one but two community information sessions, as I wrote August 24.

The video above picks up from here: "So this is the first meeting of the ESDC board, to be followed by a public hearing on 30 days notice, a public hearing in the community, and then to be followed by a second ESDC board meeting."

"Knowing the interest in this project, we have committed to have additional community sessions beyond what is required," she continued. "And we will be having a community session--a question-and-answer session in the community--before the public hearing and then another after the public hearing. And at those community sessions, there will be the opportunity for community questions to be answered."

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NoLandGrab: Oh well... knowing the controversy around this project, the ESDC has now committed to not holding "additional community sessions beyond what is required."

From the outside, it's hard to tell if Lago was sincere, and if her sincerity forced enough of a rift with the developer-driven powerbase in the ESDC to cause her to resign.

Posted by lumi at September 3, 2009 7:49 AM