Spitzer Backs Away From Land Sale

Bowing to political pressure, Governor Spitzer will postpone the sale of state-owned land north of the Javits Center on Manhattan's west side.

Friday, February 29, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn had criticized the sale because it would preclude any significant expansion of the Javits.

Pat Foye, Spitzer's top economic development aide, told a state senate panel that he's forming a task force to find another spot for a convention center.

FOYE: The future of the convention center in the city of New York, down the road, will likely involve looking at options outside of Manhattan in the other 4 boroughs.

REPORTER: Foye says the state will continue with plans to sell another piece of property south of the Javits Center.

He added that New York will undertake a renovation and minor expansion of the existing convention center.

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