Yesterday state Senator Eric Adams, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and Assemblyman Karim Camara held a press conference at which they criticized Atlantic Yards’ failure to produce promised jobs and housing. The three said they would try to get legislation passed that would result in the creation of a subsidiary body to oversee the development. Atlantic Yards report has an extensive post about the press conference noting that three have had “nuanced and/or supportive positions toward Atlantic Yards” until now and that their about-face likely represents the fact that two are running for office at the moment, as well as representing how many of their constituents feel about the development at this point. Hakeem Jeffries is quoted in the Wall Street Journal as saying that Atlantic Yards “was presented as a field of dreams but has turned into a cemetery of broken promises.” Meanwhile,a spokesman for developer Forest City Ratner tells the Journal that the project’s promised jobs and housing have been “impacted” by lawsuits and the economy.
Adams, Jeffries, Camara Cite Lack of Atlantic Yards Jobs and Housing [AY Report]
Brooklyn Arena Criticized on Hiring [WSJ]
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