Bollinger ‘Surprised’ at Butts’ Comments

In a measure of just how much of an impression the Rev. Calvin O. Butts’ statements Thursday night on NY1 made on Columbia University’s president, Lee Bollinger, a spokeswoman has e-mailed to say:

President Bollinger has a longstanding relationship with Rev. Butts and was therefore surprised to hear his comments. But he has called the Reverend to find out what his concerns are. More generally over recent years and especially in recent months, Columbia has engaged in hundreds of meetings with community groups, associations, individuals and the Local Development Corporation in West Harlem in shaping its proposal for long-term growth in the old Manhattanville manufacturing zone.