Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A very old ship!!!


The letter arrived in Marilyn Oliva’s mailbox yesterday from the Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz. It thanked her for her dedication to the community as a member of Community Board 6, but informed her that her services were no longer needed.

Ms. Oliva was disappointed. She was also not alone. Though community board members’ terms are usually renewed routinely, Mr. Markowitz on Monday replaced at least five longtime members who had sought reappointment to Community Board 6, which covers the brownstone neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Park Slope and Carroll Gardens.
The board’s resolution against Atlantic Yards came during the public hearing period on an environmental impact study that laid out for the first time the strain that the project would put on the local streets, schools and sewage system. The board voted 35-4 that the project, as presented last summer, would cause “irreparable damage to the quality of life” in Brooklyn and should not be approved.
The state eventually approved the project in December. (The project’s developer, Forest City Ratner, is the development partner in a new Midtown headquarters for The New York Times Company.)

The other two community boards in the Atlantic Yards project area have also made critical comments about the project, but did not pass formal resolutions condemning it. Officials of those community boards said yesterday that all the members who had been appointed directly by Mr. Markowitz had been reappointed (...) » in The New York Times - NY Region- 23 de Maio 2007

Correction: May 30, 2007

An article last Wednesday about a decision by the Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz, to remove at least five members of Community Board 6 who oppose the Atlantic Yards development project — which Mr. Markowitz supports — misstated the reason for the absence of a response by Mr. Markowitz. At the time the article was being reported, Mr. Markowitz could not be reached by his aides because he was on a ship at sea, had no telephone access and was not regularly checking his e-mail messages. He did not “refuse” to comment.


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