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June 14, 2011

Atlantic Yards ombudsman Taylor leaves ESDC after 3.5 years as disempowered facilitator; agency says candidates for job are being interviewed

Atlantic Yards Report

Sharp-eyed readers of the Empire State Development Corporation's Atlantic Yards page (click on graphics to enlarge) might notice that this:

has been replaced by this:

The difference? Ombudsman Forrest Taylor, who took the job in November 2007 calling Atlantic Yards a "sexy project", but soon came to experience the uncomfortable role of not-so-empowered go-between, is no longer listed.

So he won't be at the ESDC/Forest City Ratner meeting tonight about traffic changes.

In response to my query, ESDC spokeswoman Elizabeth Mitchell said, "Forrest Taylor has left ESD for another position and we are currently interviewing prospective candidates for the Atlantic Yards Ombudsman position."
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I wouldn't bet on the ESDC re-empowering the ombudsman.

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Photo: Jonathan Barkey

Posted by eric at June 14, 2011 10:58 AM