New York Post on the vote
This is how last night's vote was reported in the New York Post. You can also click the title to read it at their website.
BX. BOARD SENDS STADIUM PLAN TO SHOWERS
November 23, 2005 -- A local community board gave a Bronx cheer to plans for a new Yankee Stadium last night, voting 16-8, with five abstentions, to oppose its construction on city parkland.
Community Board 4's vote is not binding — since the mayor and City Council have the ultimate say on whether the project goes ahead — and the use of parkland for the stadium has already been approved by the state Legislature.
Last month, activists won a vote by the community board's housing committee to oppose the stadium. Because of the opposition, the city last week proposed tearing down the existing stadium, freeing up 10 acres of space for new ball fields.
The changes have not placated neighborhood residents, who complained last night that some of the park space would be atop new stadium parking garages and that some of it, including tennis courts, would be far away on the Harlem River.
"Are they going to get us a little trolley to get over there?" asked neighborhood resident Alberta Hunter. "I'm 80 and I still play tennis. But I'm not walking over there."
The Yankees want to begin construction next year on their $800 million stadium. Community activist Greg Bell said he was glad the city has put more parks in its proposal, but "you still won't move Yankee Stadium somewhere else — and that's all the community is asking."