Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Call the City Council about the Corporate Give Away

It's not a good blog day for me. First of all, I'm in a public space and I'm afraid I'll get in trouble 'cause I'm not doing the approved book browsing. Secondly, I've just, after being up till 3:30 AM, finally submitted my grades and now want to get away from all things electronic for at least a while.
However, I think everyone should call the City Council members who are voting for the stadium. Here's a link with the details on what happened.
I think about the stadium every time I have some hateful experience on the subway. Yesterday, as I was leaving home, I discovered that my train had been replaced by a pokey shuttle bus to downtown Brooklyn. Instead of going through that time-consuming ordeal, I walked to a neighboring train. However, my otherwise successful alternative travel plans were wrecked when a "smoke problem" between 125th and 42nd caused the "East side" trains to go out of service indefinetely, spitting me out about 1/2way to my destination. thanks.
Now, this is just the time, don't you think, that the city should be spending a huge amount of money on an unnecessary, traffic-creating, corporate boondoggle. Oh yeah, and while they're at that, why don't they do something about the public schools? Thanks to my anonymous friend in Chicago, who dug that gem about Mark Felts out of his father's pack-rat newspaper collection, as I recall. That's an excellent archive your Dad has developed, and you should be proud. It makes me smile to think of it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Crucial Vote on Manhattan Stadium Is Put Off in Albany

(NY Times, via Steve Gilliard)

"...(Sheldon) Silver, who with Gov. George E. Pataki and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno holds veto power over the project - declined to show his hand in a day of high-stakes brinksmanship. Early in the day, he scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference at ground zero, a clear signal to stadium supporters that he planned an announcement to disappoint them.

The possibility of such an announcement clearly shook Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Pataki, who were more accustomed to hearing Mr. Silver say he still had reservations or unanswered questions about the football stadium. On Thursday, both men had made it clear they would brook no delay in the vote by the little known Albany panel, controlled by Mr. Pataki, Mr. Silver and Mr. Bruno...

Mr. Silver said he opposed the mayor's plan to subsidize business growth on the West Side, particularly because there are no similar subsidies planned for downtown nearly four years after the World Trade Center attack"

Gilliard writes:

The likely outcome is that Silver will vote against the stadium and Bruno will join him...

They are asking hard questions and coming up with bullshit answers.

...His constituents don't want it, most city residents don't want it and Bloomberg cannot attack him...

The Jets have lied, claiming their fans would take the train, which is a joke. People drive to football games. They tailgate. The Jets just want to be in Manhattan on our dime when they should be in Queens.

The city should be spending this energy to develop the now mired Ground Zero projects and not some stadium with a ten year waiting list for season tickets."