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September 27, 2012

ESD names Derek Lynch for long-open position as Government and Community Affairs Manager

Atlantic Yards Report

Just before the Barclays Center opens, Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing Atlantic Yards has finally hired a Government and Community Affairs Manager for the position long left open by the June 2011 departure of Forrest Taylor, once billed as an ombudsman but more of a disempowered facilitator.

The position was left open as neighbors endured a steady stream of untoward impacts--violations of construction and traffic protocols or procedures with too little safeguards. Arana Hankin, Director, Atlantic Yards Project, ESD, said in August 2011 that she hoped to hire someone soon and that that person could be more proactive and responsive in community engagement.

New hire

Today Hankin circulated a message:

This past Monday, Derek Lynch started at Empire State Development as the new Government and Community Affairs Manager for the Atlantic Yards Project. He will be working in Brooklyn helping to mitigate the impacts of the Atlantic Yards Project while ensuring that the local community benefits from the jobs and affordable housing created.

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NoLandGrab: That job description sets Mr. Lynch up for major failure.

Posted by eric at September 27, 2012 9:10 AM