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September 24, 2010

ESDC VP Bloch leaves to run The Capitol and City Hall newspapers for Manhattan Media

Atlantic Yards Report

Empire State Development Corporation Executive VP Darren Bloch, one of the agency's top officials overseeing Atlantic Yards, has left to run two well-regarded, specialized newspapers that cover politics: The Capitol and City Hall.

Bloch has not played too public a role in speaking about the project, but in January was on a panel of witnesses that uncomfortably parried probing questions from state Senator Bill Perkins over the agency's practices, notably hiring the ubiquitous environmental consultant AKRF.

In July 2009, he participated in a community information session sponsored by the ESDC, but said relatively little.

Bloch's role in Atlantic Yards presumably diminished in the past month after Arana Hankin was named Project Manager. And like some other agency officials, he might have been wondering about his place in the ESDC under a new gubernatorial administration.

Bloch in May 2009 was described by agency officials as overseeing AY Ombudsman Forrest Taylor, though Taylor had publicly indicated he was reporting to Susan Rahm, a volunteer.

As I wrote in August, additional evidence acquired via a Freedom of Information Law request strongly suggested that Rahm was indeed in charge.

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NoLandGrab: No doubt Bloch knows some stuff about Atlantic Yards that could be front-page news at The Capitol and City Hall News.

Posted by eric at September 24, 2010 12:33 PM