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June 21, 2011

As legislative session winds down, Atlantic Yards governance bill moves forward in Assembly, but not in Senate

Atlantic Yards Report

Meanwhile, the bill to reform Atlantic Yards governance--to authorize the Empire State Development Corporation to create an ongoing subsidiary to oversee the project, as with nearly all sizable projects--yesterday passed the Assembly's Rules Committee.

"The Rules committee voted favorably for the bill yesterday, and it is now on the floor of the Assembly and eligible for passage," Brooklyn Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries said today. "I am working on a full Assembly vote before the end of session. However, the prospects for passage in the Senate remain unclear."

Senate depends on Skelos

In the Senate, Skelos, the Chair of the Rules Committee, will decide whether the companion bill reaches the floor, but it first must go through Finance and Rules.

The longer the Legislature remains in Albany, the more chance for passage of the Atlantic Yards governance bill, as well as other bills that have gained less attention in recent months, according to Jim Vogel, a spokesman for Brooklyn Sen. Velmanette Montgomery.

BrooklynSpeaks has set up a link for constituents to lobby Skelos, who also can be reached via his web site.

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Posted by eric at June 21, 2011 10:34 PM