The blog Noticing New York looks at the professed views on development, and specifically on the Atlantic Yards project, of all 15 candidates running for City Council in the 33rd and 39th districts, including current office holders. All of the candidates oppose the project, to some degree or another, the blog says. In the 33rd district, current City Council member David Yassky has said he never supported the Atlantic Yards project, and that he doesn’t think the proposed plan will be built because there isn’t funding for it. The 39th district’s Council member, Bill de Blasio, said he became a supporter of the project because it promised affordable housing, jobs and community benefits, but said no further public subsidies should be granted until there is evidence that the Community Benefits Agreement will be adhered to. De Blasio said he can’t support an arena-only plan for the site, and called for a moratorium on demolition until there is a written plan on what will be built.
City Council candidates don’t support AY project
Bill de Blasio (left) and David Yassky