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March 16, 2012

57th Assembly candidate Mosley criticizes broken Atlantic Yards promises, "toothless" CBA (but last November saluted CBA signatory BUILD and Forest City Ratner)

Atlantic Yards Report

Walter Mosley, a candidate to succeed his friend Hakeem Jeffries as the Assemblymember for the 57th District, spoke last night at a forum for candidates sponsored by Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform. The rival candidates are Olanike Alabi and Martine Guerrier.

"I love basketball," Mosley said. "But there were promises for basketball, promises for jobs... promises for affordable housing. But unfortunately, the developer has broken our trust. The developer has broken those promises."

"We now have a toothless document called a CBA [Community Benefits Agreement], that really serves no one in the community," Mosley said, speaking to an organization that included many critics of Atlantic Yards.

A different tune

I should point out that, when speaking last November at a ceremony for customer service training graduates organized by CBA signatory BUILD, Mosley was more effusive about the CBA and the developer:

"We are blessed that we have a group like BUILD, a company like Forest City Ratner, who did not ignore the necessity to occupy Central Brooklyn, to make sure places like Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bed-Stuy, and Ocean Hill, Brownsville, people who live in those communities have an opportunity to make a difference... I've got to occupy Central Brooklyn. We've got to make sure that people in Central Brooklyn are working.”


NoLandGrab: Sounds like Walter Mosley would be just as tough on Bruce Ratner as Hakeem Jeffries has been... Charlie Rose-tough.

Posted by eric at March 16, 2012 2:39 PM