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March 2, 2011

Brooklyn is behind Atlantic Yards project, says Marty Markowitz

The Sports ITeam Blog [NYDaiyNews.com]
by Michael O'Keeffe

That's the story, Marty? That's the story!

Brooklyn Borough President and Atlantic Yards cheerleader Marty Markowitz lets loose his inner "Crazy Eddie" in this video posted this week by Atlantic Yards Report blogger Norman Oder. In the video, shown to Chinese investors interested in putting money into Nets' minority owner Bruce Ratner's massive development, Markowitz excitedly claims that Brooklyn is "1,000 percent" behind the project. I guess all those protests and lawsuits must have been organized by people from Queens.

The video was produced to promote a federal program that grants green cards to foreign investors whose money saves or creates jobs. But Elizabeth Mitchell, a spokeswoman for the Empire State Development Corporation, told the Daily News last year that AY developer and Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner turned to the program because it will save a ton of money on Atlantic Yards financing, not because the project was in danger.

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Posted by eric at March 2, 2011 12:29 PM