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Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs: The Sad Case of Start-Up NY

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.27.2016 | New York
Lawrence Wittner

For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it?

NY A Leading Subsidizer Of Assault Weapons Makers

THE NEW YORK WORLD | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

Taxpayers in New York and across the country are subsidizing the manufacturers of assault rifles used in multiple mass killings, including the massacr...

Atlantic Yards Twist: Judge Agrees State Agency Catered To Developer Forest City Ratner

Norman Oder | Posted 09.17.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

The new decision, if no slam dunk, is more than a "minor victory." As previous Atlantic Yards litigation has shown, state judges rarely second-guess state agencies.

Highway Robbery in the 21st Century

Nick Sprayregen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Sprayregen

A few years ago, Columbia University came to the conclusion that what it wanted -- a brand new campus on my land in West Harlem -- could not be accomplished legitimately through the open market.

Atlantic Yards: Judge Slams State Development Agency for "Failure of Transparency"

Norman Oder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

A ruling in the last Atlantic Yards lawsuit laid bare just how the state cut corners to favor developer Forest City Ratner, allowing a 25-year buildout while insisting the project could get done in just ten years.

I Never Promised to Be an Ineffectual Martyr

Daniel Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daniel Goldstein

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. But I never promised to be an ineffectual martyr.

Brooklyn Bar Wants to Handcuff Eminent Domain Abuse

Christina Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Christina Walsh

What would you do if your favorite neighborhood watering hole was being demolished for a rich, greedy developer? Handcuff yourself to the bar, naturally.

A Pileup of Lawsuits Slams Atlantic Yards

Daniel Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daniel Goldstein

Where are the charges of frivolity when it comes to Ratner's, Bloomberg's and Paterson's hardheaded goal of building the most expensive arena in history, in the middle of a recession and housing crisis?

Atlantic Yards: Making Money Off Eminent Domain

The Real Deal | Gabby Warshawer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The last remaining legal hurdle Atlantic Yards faces is a Court of Appeals hearing later this month on the project's proposed use of eminent domain. I...

Public Security in Brooklyn: A Systemic Failure of Common Sense

Daniel Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daniel Goldstein

Right now the only security plan that exists for the proposed Atlantic Yards Nets arena in Brooklyn is a five-inch curb and some cameras to take pictures.

Losing Jobs to Jersey

Kathryn Wylde | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kathryn Wylde

Depository Trust and Clearing Corp. is just the latest in a string of firms lured across the Hudson by state incentives. Since the '80s, major New York employers have moved tens of thousands of jobs.