February 23, 2010
ACORN By Any Other Name
WNYC Radio [The Brian Lehrer Show]
City Hall editor Edward-Isaac Dovere, and Politico.com senior political writer Ben Smith join Brian Lehrer to discuss the reorganization of New York ACORN, which is now calling itself New York Communities for Change. The inevitable Atlantic Yards question comes up around the 9:40 mark.
Brian Lehrer: And recently, in New York, it wasn't only the right that hated ACORN, it was opponents of the Atlantic Yards project.
Ben Smith: They were among the first to notice yesterday this transformation.
BL: And does this affect their deal with the Atlantic Yards developer to take a lot of money from them to administer community benefits agreements?
BS: Now that is a great question. I have not seen anywhere that Ratner has renegotiated with them. I suspect it gets Bruce Ratner off the hook in terms of even having any responsibility to any group. His community benefits agreements were always negotiated privately with the lowest bidder, essentially, which happened to be ACORN. And because it was a private agreement I don't really see whether Ratner is bound by it at all.
NoLandGrab: Hate ACORN? No. Have big problems with ACORN providing critical political cover for a terrible project in return for a contract and a bailout? Yes.
Commenter Norman Oder adds:
I don't hate ACORN; however, having watched their role in the Atlantic Yards project (which they are contractually obligated to support), I've grown increasingly skeptical.
Oder also reported earlier today that it's unlikely that the reorganization of New York ACORN will affect the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement.
Posted by eric at February 23, 2010 2:34 PM