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I Never Promised to Be an Ineffectual Martyr

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 12:59 PM

For nearly seven years, at considerable personal risk, I used my home to fight the abuse of eminent domain and Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project. Without my home, the misguided project -- opposed by a fierce community movement I came to lead -- could not happen. With no democratic political...

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What Is Atlantic Yards? A Complete Failure of Democracy

(12) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 2:41 PM

On the occasion of Bruce Ratner's Boondoggle Celebration and Groundbreakingtaking Ceremony (must-read coverage of the event from Atlantic Yards Report, and Curbed's live blogging--lobster sliders and all) for the elite, connected, wealthy, powerful and bought out, it's time for a short multiple choice quiz...

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What Role Did Bruce Ratner's Company Play in the Ridge Hill Indictments?

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 11:18 AM

In early January the Southern District US Attorney's Office indicted former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi, former Yonkers GOP Leader (and Annabi cousin) Zehy Jereis and Westchester County attorney Anthony Mangone for conspiracy, bribery, extortion, false statement and tax crimes.

The Annabi and Jereis indictments revolve around...

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Public Security in Brooklyn: A Systemic Failure of Common Sense

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 11:39 AM

Co-authored by Alan Rosner and Daniel Goldstein

From day one, with everything else on his plate, most especially the state's plummeting revenues, Gov. Paterson reasonably hoped the Atlantic Yards Atlantic Yards development project in Brooklyn would never become his problem. Unfortunately it is fast becoming so. Last Sunday, nationally syndicated...

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What's It Going to Be, Gov. Paterson? Ratner's Big Toy or the Rent?

(7) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 12:43 PM

...The governor said it's well past the time that the hard choices must be made, and he likened the state's fiscal situation to a family strapped for cash at the holidays.

"Sometimes it comes down to the choice of toys for Christmas or money for rent," the governor...

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Home, Blighted Home

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 9:04 AM

New York's Empire State Development Corporation is empowered, under the Urban Development Corporation Act, to acquire property by eminent domain for a "land use improvement project" if it finds that "the area in which the project is to be located is a substandard or insanitary area, or is in danger...

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The MTA $200 Million Shortfall: Where Did All of the Money Go?

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2009 | 11:33 AM

As reported in the Times, MTA revenue is $200 million short in its 2009 budget. How could that be, where did that shortfall come from?

Some simple math...

In 2005 the MTA appraised the 8-acre Vanderbilt Yards at $214.5 million. They then undertook a sham RFP process. Extell...

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Governor Paterson's New London

(7) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 9:51 PM

Senator Paterson Opposed Eminent Domain Abuse. Does Governor Paterson?

Does Governor David Paterson want Prospect Heights, Brooklyn to be his New London, Connecticut?

It's up to him.

After last week's ruling by New York's high court—that the state could seize homes and businesses for Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards development...

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An Open Letter to the People's Billionaire, Mikhail Prokhorov

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 11:08 AM

“I just did meet Mr. [Mikhail] Prokhorov last week in New York as part of the [NBA] interview process and was favorably impressed. For a billionaire, he's a people's billionaire. He's a regular guy with a whole bunch of money, seems like to me."

— Boston Celtics...

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Ratner: Atlantic Yards Is Not a Public Project

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 9:24 AM

"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project." 

— Bruce Ratner discussing Atlantic Yards in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009


Forest City Ratner is the Brooklyn-based division of Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises which is a publicly traded corporation listed on the...

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Wrong Way PILOTs Would Crash into Atlantic Yards

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 2:13 PM

Payments in Lieu of Taxes or “PILOTS” and tax-exempt bond financing may not sound sexy, but scratch the surface and the IRS-regulated payment structures have a history of revealing scams.

What is a PILOT? It is a financing structure sometimes used to pay off tax-exempt bonds with a payment commensurate...

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The Specter of Condemnation: What Isn't Public Use?

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2009 | 5:29 PM

It is not difficult for a layperson, an everyday American, to understand what “public use” means in the context of one of the state’s most extreme powers—the power to take your property by eminent domain.

What’s a public use? People know it when they see it.

That’s why post-Kelo polling...

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A Pileup of Lawsuits Slams Atlantic Yards

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2009 | 9:52 AM

There is some misinformation making the rounds out there about the legal fight against developer Bruce Ratner's hugely controversial Atlantic Yards development proposal in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Yes, the project with the basketball arena and 16 skyscrapers, which has been embattled by community opposition and litigation since its December...

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