The Bloomberg administration has cleared one of many obstacles standing in the way of redevelopment at Willets Point, reaching agreements with the numerous unions that were opposing the 61-acre project by Shea Stadium.
Members of the Central Labor Council, which generally wields strong influence with City Council members, had been pressuring the Read More
At an Assembly hearing this morning on the far West Side, Lee Sander, executive director of the M.T.A., indicated that as the far West Side grows, the agency is considering bringing rapid bus service or a light rail to the district, supplementing the planned 1.5-mile extension of the No. 7 subway line.
“Between light Read More
A bunch of elected officials held a pro-Willets Point redevelopment rally at City Hall this morning in a likely attempt to counter efforts in the City Council to oppose the multi-billion dollar, 61-acre project, at least as currently presented.
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, state Senator Frank Padavan, state Senator Read More
The Bloomberg administration is facing stiff opposition to its Willets Point redevelopment plan.
The city commenced a seven-month rezoning process today for the 61-acre site by Shea Stadium, prompting 29 members of the City Council to declare their disappointment with the plan. (More details on the Council’s Read More
The board of Off-Track Betting voted today, at the request of Michael Bloomberg, to shut itself down instead of looking for a bailout from the city.
Michael Bloomberg said that the city will not use taxpayer money to keep Off-Track Betting afloat. Critics, including Bloomberg, charge that the city pays for Read More
Back in November, state Senator Carl Kruger bussed in a reported 500 people to a city-run information session on the redevelopment of Coney Island, disrupting and ultimately shutting down the meeting in a show of opposition to the plan.
Well, now the expenditure report for Mr. Kruger’s campaign committee has gone online, Read More
It seems there’s a bit of overlap at City Hall. Robert Lieber yesterday became the new Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, taking over most of the responsibilities of Dan Doctoroff, who announced last month he was leaving the administration.
But Mr. Doctoroff is still around until Friday, according to mayoral spokesman John Gallagher, finishing Read More
Without any ceremony or pomp, Robert Lieber on Tuesday became the city’s deputy mayor for economic development, inheriting a tremendous load from Daniel Doctoroff, the ambitious architect of the city’s development strategy for the past six years and one of Mayor Bloomberg’s closest confidants.
The timing of Mr. Lieber’s appointment hardly suggests his task Read More
More from Robert Lieber, New York City’s next Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. The Observer met with him in November.
What about Coney Island? Why are you looking for another developer aside from Thor Equities to operate the amusement area there?
What we would like to try to do is Read More
More from The Observer‘s November interview with Robert Lieber, the new Deputy Mayor for Economic Development:
Why did you take this job?
Because I had a great career at Lehman Brothers. I had been there for 20-some-odd years and had always been intrigued by New York City. I was not born Read More