- A former LMDC employee was berated for talking about the safety conditions that lead up to the deadly Deutsche Bank fire. See TOWERING FEUD by the NY Post 9/27/07.
- LMDC denies ever hearing about the safety complaints, according to several articles, including Memo: Months before fatal fire, state help sought for WTC tower.
- In Firefighters Didn't Know Of Deutsche Bank "Escape Plan", Gothamist outlines how there was a plan that the LMDC had to deal with fires, but they just never bothered to make sure the Fired Department knew.
- The NY Times first reported on the LMDC's failure in An Escape Plan Stayed Hidden at a Fatal Fire.
“Elected officials are turning a blind eye to the fact that the Yankees seem to have unfettered access to the public trough,” Damiani said. “It goes to show how the Yankees will stop at nothing to squeeze every penny from New Yorkers for this project.”
In 2001, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani authorized the Yankees to deduct up to $5 million a year on planning costs for the new stadium for five years for rent payments to the city, Good Jobs said.
...and the subsidies for "rent payments" went for things like crystal baseballs, according to Good Jobs New York.
So the NYC EDC's plan to destroy the Duffield Abolitionist homes to build an underground parking lot is pretty much par for the course. So is the NY State ESDC's failure to hire an ombudsman for the Atlantic Yards, despite a promise made 149 days ago.
The Atlantic Yards is the most visible fight against public authority abuse, but it is part of an even bigger problem. Are New Yorkers finally getting some guts to fight for good government? The answer is up to you, dear reader.