Carrion responds to last night's CB4 vote
Alleged statement by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion
RE: Yankee Stadium Plan Community Vote
"As is always expected of any process involving a large scale redevelopment project of this magnitude and importance, there will be some voices of dissension and feelings of apprehension. We will continue to move forward in ensuring that the long term benefits of a plan that I, along with most Bronx residents and elected officials, envision will benefit the neighborhood and the entire borough. Together, we will continue to demand that the host community be an equal partner in the economic development of the area.
"In the end, my commitment to job creation, new and improved parkland, as well as small business opportunities will be carried out. And once this project is completed, the Bronx will enjoy a substantial return on its investment"
After some 36 people testified last night (there may have been more who would have liked to speak, but they were prevented, ILLEGALLY we would like to add, by CB4 Chairman Rasul), all but one in favor of denying the proposal; after the proposal was unanimously denied by the Housing and Land Use Committee of CB4; after Community Board 4 denied by two to one the planned Yankee Stadium proposal last night; with more than 4,000 petitions signed in less than a month and a half; and because the Borough President, as a trained Urban Planner, ought to know that this plan bulldozes EVERY rule of good urban planning: we REFUSE to believe that this quote is authentic and will not do so until it has been verified.
But take a moment, just in case it is authentic, and think about what he is saying here.