Subject: The Atlantic Yards deal is a $4 billion project that Forest City Ratner proposes to build in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Preliminary designs for the complex were drawn by world-famous architect Frank Gehry. In addition to a stadium, slated to be the future home of the New Jersey Nets, the project will also have office space, retail space, and many apartments, some for “low income” families. The Empire State Development Corporation is the primary state authority driving this project.
(New York, NY)-In a packed Higgins Hall at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with a standing room only crowd, State Senator Bill Perkins, Chair of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions held the first ever Senate hearing on the Atlantic Yards project.
As Chair of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions, and in the interest of promoting a greater amount of transparency and accountability, I have provided the voting records for my committee.
RICHARD L. BRODSKY BILL PERKINSChairman, Chairman,Corporations, Authorities and Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Commission422 Legislative Office Building 817 Legislative Office BuildingAlbany, NY 12248 Albany, NY 12247 (518) 455-5753 (518) 455-2441
For Immediate Release: Sunday, August 16, 2009
For Information Contact: Chris Valens at (845) 820-1807,Cordell Cleare at (646) 326-6601
Brodsky, Perkins, and Advocates Urge Governor to Sign Long-Awaited Authorities Reform Bill
Senator Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Westchester) joined reform advocates to urge Governor Paterson to sign an authorities reform package passed by both houses of the legislature. An authority is a public agency that operates with minimal oversight. The legislation would impose transparency and accountability. The Governor threatened a veto.