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Resident Letter 6, response to Atlantic Yards Draft SEIS

Resident Letter 6, response to Atlantic Yards Draft SEIS

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Resident Letter 6, response to Atlantic Yards Draft SEIS
Resident Letter 6, response to Atlantic Yards Draft SEIS

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Doug Derryberry 618 Dean St #1BBrooklyn, NY 11238May 8, 2014 Attn: Derek LynchEmpire State Development633 Third Ave.New York, NY 10017My name is Doug; I live on Dean St. between Carlton and Vanderbilt Aves which is 1 1/2  blocks from the arena and directly across the street from arena surface parking. I’m a member of the Dean St. Block Association. I’m also a 22 year faithful dues paying member of A.F.M. local #802. I’m pro-union; I’m pro jobs. I’m not necessarily anti-development, but I’m dissatisfied with how the Atlantic Yards development has been a colossal bait and switch for the local community.Before I moved to Dean St in 2005 I was wary of the project, but hopeful that the upheaval nearby would be tolerable, and ultimately worth it.In the years since 2005, I’ve tried to be patient and keep a close eye on things. It’s hard for me to watch because it is too clear how the government does NOT have the public’s interest at heart. Crony capitalism has been evident again and again - circumnavigating ULURP(uniform Land Use Review) the price they paid MTA for the railyards, the tax subsidies for Forest City Ratner…. All the things Bloomberg, Pataki, Schumer, Cuomo et al have employed to further line the pockets of their buddy Bruce Ratner is appalling . The collusion between FCR and ESDC- who withheld critical documents from public  view so they can re-approve his Modified General Project Plan (MGPP) w/o a Revised Environmental Impact Statement was illegal! The NY Supreme Court declared it illegal  when they ruled against ESDC in 2011 calling for this new SEIS.I have learned that Corporations can be and often are evil. and that while government is meant to serve interests of the public, sometimes it merely serves the interests of  billionaire developers. It’s time for better State governance and supervision of this project. Walking around this neighborhood year in and year out, it’s easy to see the negative impacts the project puts on its neighbors. The decrease of parking and increased traffic congestion that started with this project is undeniable. Many street trees that we rely on for shade and better air quality have been cut , and almost none replaced; they’re just gone til further notice. Moving Violations of construction vehicles approaching the project site are frequent. I have filed several incident reports on Atlantic Yards  Watch.net, a local community blog which documents neighbors grievances and concerns relating to the project. I’ve witnessed many more violations than I’ve reported - illegally parked idling trucks, etc.

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