At Willets Hearing, Where's the Grandstanding? (So Far)

We’re past the two-hour mark at today’s major City Council hearing on the city’s Willets Point redevelopment plan, and there’s been a noticeable lack of the yelling, grandstanding, and vituperation often seen when contentious issues come before the Council. In place of the typical attacks on the administration have been docile back and forths over numbers, dollars, and specifics about environmental issues.

Following testimony from city officials, local Councilman Hiram Monserrate—who has generally been critical of the plan and whose vote is influential in the Council—engaged in a relatively tame questioning of Deputy Mayor Robert Lieber, questioning him on the finances of the project, among other issues.  read more »

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