^ Maybe you're right. However, don't the Dolans stand to benefit from a possible relocation of MSG a block or so to the west, opening the way for a new Penn Station? I think they'd accept a direct competitor in another borough as long as they can realize the potential windfall that would come with a remaking of that area. Anyway, back on topic:
Atlantic Yards future unclear on eve of vote
by amy zimmer / metro new york
DEC 20, 2006
MANHATTAN — A vote on developer Bruce Ratner’s $4 billion Atlantic Yards plan is down to the wire.
All eyes are on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. He has killed the West Side Stadium, delayed Moynihan Station, and may derail the plan to bring the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn at today’s meeting of the Public Authorities Control Board.
The plan, which would create an arena and 16 high-rises, needs unanimous assent from board members Gov. George Pataki, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Silver.
Yesterday, news reports cited sources claiming the speaker was planning to vote “no” or to delay the final vote until Gov. Eliot Spitzer takes office.
Silver’s spokesman Skip Carrier denied those reports, but he did not say the speaker would vote “yes” either.
“We have a significant amount of information that was provided today and discussions continue,” Carrier said. “We wanted a better understanding of the financial aspects because the project has changed recently, even significantly.”
For example, the state revised projected tax revenues from $1.4 billion to $944 million.
Earlier this week several local politicians and organizations called on the PACB to delay until Spitzer’s term begins on Jan. 1.
Pataki’s spokeswoman Joanna Rose said Atlantic Yards “is on the agenda” and there were “ongoing meetings” with Silver.
In response to rumors circulating that Silver may delay the vote, Charles Gargano, chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation, the state agency overseeing the project, said, “You never know with Silver. He has been doing that of late. We’ll answer any questions he might have. Whether the project is delayed this month, it will certainly go forward next year.”