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January 18, 2012

Betsy Gotbaum vs. reality: Ratner "has always demonstrated the highest ethical standards and behavior"

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder weighs in on former NYC Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum's "astonishing letter" to The New York Times.

The highest ethical standards and behavior?

Then why did Forest City Ratner give a no-show job to the consultant charged with bribing the Yonkers council member who changed her vote to green-light the developer's Ridge Hill project?

Gotbaum was endorsed in 2005 by the Times, which cited her opposition to the West Side Stadium with no mention of her record regarding Atlantic Yards. As I wrote 9/7/05:

Conspicuously absent is any mention of Gotbaum's indefensible record on Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards plan (which also would require hundreds of millions of taxpayers' dollars): in a nutshell (as she even told me when I ran into her on the campaign trail), she's for the project, unless there's eminent domain; then she's against it. But Bruce Ratner told her there wouldn't be any eminent domain, so she trusts him--even though several landowners within the proposed project footprint have vocally indicated their intentions not to sell, and that the Memorandum of Understanding between Ratner and the state includes eminent domain.

Of course, there was eminent domain. Gotbaum kept quiet.

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NoLandGrab: We'd forgotten about Betsy's ridiculous "Bruce told me there wouldn't be any eminent domain" shtick. FIVE MORE BOGUS POINTS!

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Posted by eric at January 18, 2012 11:29 AM