Friday, June 5, 2009

Another controversial development project, an 18-story complex blocking views of the Brooklyn Bridge, has been urged on by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and New York city Council members were pressured to vote in favor of the project. This vote assured a victory for developer Two Trees when the full council votes next week. Two Trees father and son and their families have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Council members in recent years, which is presumably why they have been given the go-ahead by Quinn. The wishes of the people in the vicinity don't matter. "I am thoroughly disgusted," said Queens Councilman Tony Avella (D-Flushing), one of three to vote against the project. "And unfortunately, when it comes to the real estate industry and politics and city government, money talks. It's really shameful; I vote no." Councilman David Yassky also pushed colleagues to oppose the project to be built in his district, and was disappointed by the 15-3 vote, but appeared resigned. "I had a hunch that developers were making progress with a lot of the Council members, but I had hoped that our arguments in favor of the Brooklyn Bridge would resonate with them," he said.

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