New York, NY —
Long before the federal stimulus plan took its final form today, the developer of Atlantic Yards was lobbying in Washington for a piece of it. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.
REPORTER: For weeks now, blogs and local newspapers have speculated that the troubled real estate project in Brooklyn could be a candidate for federal stimulus money. But the developer, Forest City Ratner, would not comment, and wish lists circulated by Governor Paterson and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority never mentioned Atlantic Yards. But lobbying disclosure records show that some time late last year, former Senator Alfonse D'Amato and his son Chris began lobbying the House and the Senate on the stimulus package on behalf of Forest City. A spokeswoman for Governor Paterson, who will control most of the funds in New York state, says it's possible parts of the Atlantic Yards project could qualify, but officials need to see the final language. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.