Theodore W. Kheel, the labor arbitrator extraordinaire who negotiated on behalf of Mayors O’Dwyer, Wagner and Lindsay, is spending close to $200,000 on a study to show how to make New York’s subway and bus systems free. It is expected to come out in early January, just as the state’s commission on congestion Read More
By Matthew Schuerman 12/11 4:25pm
Critics of Atlantic Yards repeatedly argue that there is something about the 22-acre housing and arena complex in Brooklyn that does not jibe with the Bloomberg administration’s rhetoric about community participation in the planning process. In an article appearing in tomorrow’s Observer, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff basically agrees.
“I am a huge Read More
By Matthew Schuerman 12/10/07 3:39pm
Mayor Bloomberg, from China, sends his best for the proposed M.T.A. fare hike. From a press release that just came out:
Based on the information that my staff and I have received and reviewed over the past few weeks, I am now satisfied that the MTA budget is a responsible plan that includes important cost Read More
By Matthew Schuerman 12/07/07 11:59pm
Governor Spitzer has nominated a bond lawyer to fill the vacancy at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey caused by Vice Chairman Charles Gargano’s resignation: H. Sidney Holmes, III, a senior partner at Winston & Shawn LLP who was an advisor to the Governor’s transition team.
Says the Read More
By Matthew Schuerman 12/07/07 5:11pm
For months, large metal boxes containing the energy of the future have been sitting around on the tops of a handful of buildings, waiting to be turned on. Now, they finally can be.
By Matthew Schuerman 12/06/07 5:37pm
People knew Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff would leave before the end of his boss’s term. The only questions were when, and where he would go.
The rumor mill said it would be this March, after things got squared away with the West Side rail yards and congestion pricing, and that his destination would be Read More
By Matthew Schuerman 12/06/07 3:54pm
Jim Whelan, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff’s chief of staff, will become senior vice president for public affairs at Muss Development sometime in January, according to an informed source. He will be playing the role there that the late Harvey Schultz played—though people who knew Schultz, a legend in Brooklyn politics and development circles, Read More
By Matthew Schuerman 12/04/07 9:57pm
The West Side rail yards competition has pitted some of the biggest developers in the city against one another in an intense race to win the right to build 12 million square feet of office, residential and retail space. But it is also pitting former senior officials of the Bloomberg administration against one another.
By Matthew Schuerman 12/04/07 9:56pm
Any good development firm worth its salt has got to have a former City Hall staffer or two on hand to navigate the bureaucracy. Last month, Brookfield Properties sent its latest government hire, Joshua Sirefman, into a meeting to help present the company’s multi-billion dollar plan for the West Side rail yards Read More
By Matthew Schuerman 12/03/07 7:57pm
The same judge who ruled in favor of Sheffield57 tenants last March has delivered a similar decision for market-rate tenants of the Manhattan House, The Real Deal reports, blocking evictions sought by new owners who are converting the 583-unit Upper East Side landmark into a condominium building. Read More