Wednesday, November 23, 2005

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.



At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

C. Virginia Fields.

At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Carrion a comedian, deaf or delusional? Immediately after a colossal defeat by his own people, he starts with "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." Yet we all know that just a few months ago, he was telling everyone that there was no opposition. Okay, I hate to say it but I must: What medication is Carrion taking?

At 9:50 PM, Blogger Joyce said...

I, too, believe as an urban planner , the Boro Pres can think this is a good plan. Has he looked at communities where stadiums are located?
Timothy Mueller, a financial analyst who worked on the Camden Yards project says," There's not a sports facility in the country that can, by itself, revitalize a community". We already know this. The Yankees have been here for 82 years and have brought no economic benefits nor revitalization to the area. In the case of Camden Yards, the city infused money into the area and developed it BEFORE the stadium was built.

At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Joyce: I think you must mean "Carrion CAN'T think this is a good plan..." Am I right? : )

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"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."

What you call "redevelopment" is nothing less than the land grab of OUR PARKS. This is not the simple "redevelopment" of, say, an obsolete factory into luxury lofts, but the conversion of open space used by community residents who are trying to maintain a healthy state of LIFE into the corporate headquarters of the second richest sports franchise in the WORLD!

How dare you! HOW DARE YOU!! How dare you say "there will be some voices of dissension and feelings of apprehension" in reference to this project! Last night at the community board meeting we didn't hear "some" voices speak out against this project, we heard EVERY voice minus one, perhaps, speak out against this project.

Adolfo. Be careful. It is one thing to know which side of your bread is buttered. It is another to know who gives you the bread. Without us voters, what will you do? Don't abandon us, Adolfo!

At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Tired of the Machine said...

Mr. Carrion's arrogance is astounding. Does he see himself as the Lord of the Manor? Does he believe he can continue to say such outrageous things and not hurt his political reputation?
I guess he is not used to having anyhing but sycophants around him.Perhaps he doesn't see he has become one to the Yankees. It is really sad because I'm sure at one point in his political carrer he really wanted to do right by the community.
Whether we stop the Yankee plan or not, Mr. Carrion has set his position in stone as a political climber of the worst kind.The Bronx really deserves better representation than this. It's time to have real elections in the Bronx. I'm tired of accepting only those whom "County" (the machine) tells me I can vote for.

At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now it's "the Machine"'s fault! Where were you when Dem after Dem were reelected with wide margins all of those years? They know that you weren't going to vote Republican so why the hell won't they push this plan? It makes perfect logical sense, unless they can think they can get easy political points, like Helen Foster.

At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Machine or no machine is not the issue. The issue is that Carrion and Arroyo didn't have the common decency to say no to Steinbrenner madness. Carrion as an urban planner should be ashamed for defending such a stupid plan. Perhaps he will run for city dog catcher next time?


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