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September 24, 2012

Culture of Cheating: the hollowness of the Atlantic Yards CBA, as chair (and lead speaker of events) runs organization that does nothing about construction impacts (despite obligations)

Atlantic Yards Report

The Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), more than seven years in, may be a "work in progress," as CBA Coalition Chair Delia Hunley-Adossa acknowledged at the Barclays Center ribbon-cutting event Sept. 21, but she pointed to recent results, such as helping get locals hired for the arena and beginning the process of distributing free arena tickets.

Still, it was a glaring irony that Hunley-Adossa spoke at this event, given that her organization, the obliquely named Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, is supposed to address environmental issues regarding project construction, and has done precisely nothing in the face of repeated, glaring, documented (photos, video) violations of construction protocols.

In other words, the document, which on paper is supposed to provide community safeguards, instead was turned into a vehicle to generate community support, with Hunley-Adossa, who distinguished herself MCing project rallies, the most obvious exemplar. It's another example of the Culture of Cheating.

I had written that the CBA gives BEE nothing to do, stating, "Therefore, the Developer shall be in compliance with this Agreement by following the state mandated [environmental] process."

That's not quite true since BEE's precursor, the CBA signatory, was to establish a "Committee on Environmental Assurance to address short- and long-term environmental issues that may affect the surrounding community," as noted by a consultant's recent report on the numerous failures to safeguard the community.

That committee has never been announced. Nor has the promised Independent Compliance Monitor to oversee CBA implementation been hired. Nor has BEE done anything about project impacts (though it apparently has run The Basketball, Reading Literacy and Health Program). Hunley-Adossa has no listed qualifications to run an organization concerned with the environment.

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Posted by eric at September 24, 2012 4:22 PM