Tuesday, April 04, 2006

12 Questions About the Stadium Proposal Which No One Dared to Ask

12 Questions About the Stadium Proposal Which No One Dared to Ask

1. How can City Council members even try to hide behind protocol
rather than vote their conscience when this project adversely affects so many people and is so costly to all tax paying citizens of New York City?

2. New York City and not Yankee management, who ignored many of the own fans, will be responsible for tearing down the old stadium and obliterating over 80 years of baseball memories. Is this right?

3. Where is the independent police study of this project? Isn't it
irresponsible to mandate one especially after a similar study resulted
in massive changes at Ground Zero?

4. Just how many more police officers would be pulled away from their precincts thus benefitting drug dealers and the criminal element?

5. If there was a terrorist attack, what would be the cost of the
clean-up, rebuilding and who would pay for everything including the medical bills of community residents placed at risk by the irresponsibility of placing a stadium in the middle of a residential community?

6. Why did Yankee management not reveal a so-called rejected plan and the cost of renovating rather rebuilding the stadium? What is so wrong with Fernando Ferrer's 1998 plan?

7. There are those who contend that renovation would mean more jobs for construction workers but less money spent on material. Did anyone examine this theory further?

8. Would a stadium be placed in a non-minority neighborhood?

9. Do the synthetic replacement parks comply with the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965?

10. Does attracting some 5,000 more cars with the new public subsidized parking garages comply with the Clean Air Act?

11. Since Spanish speakers comprise 61% of the District's population,
does not issuing the EIS in Spanish not violate President Clinton's 1994 Executive Order mandating local governments to overcome "linguistic, cultural and other barriers to meaningful community participation."

12. Are you comfortable voting for a project which has come through the ULURP process with more community rights violations than any other project in NYC history?

Grand Prize: Just what does the Stadium Project do for the
community? The community never got an answer which is why Bronx Community Board #4 rejected the project by a 2 to 1 margin on November 22nd.


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