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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Reform Means Cutting Out the Ratner Clause

Word is that the 421-a property tax break reform bill will be sent to Governor Spitzer this week or his signature or veto. That bill contains the Ratner Clause--a special provision that grants Bruce Ratner an exclusive 15--year tax break to build condo buildings comprised of entirely unaffordable units within the Atlantic Yards complex. This exclusive tax break for Bruce Ratner--a tax break that no other developer in the state can get--would, according to city officials, cost the city approximately $200 million in tax revenue. The special provision would also enable Bruce Ratner to charge higher prices for his condo units and in the words of Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries the special clause would allow "economic segregation" within the Atlantic Yards complex.

The Ratner Clause is indefensible. Not a single supporter of the overall reform bill has been able to defend the provision's inclusion; nobody has even tried to defend it.

And now the bill, with the special provision which had been negotiated behind closed doors, comes before Governor Spitzer who propelled himself to office under the reform banner. There is no room under the reform banner for an indefensible, exclusive tax giveaway to a politically-connected, billionaire developer negotiated behind closed doors.

Today Norman Oder writes about Spitzer's pattern of closed door negotiations, as discussed in a long column in the Weekly Standard. We reproduce the short Atlantic Yards Report piece here in its entirety:
Day 421-a, everything changes? Spitzer slammed for closed-door negotiation

Gov. Eliot Spitzer gets slammed in the August 20 issue of the conservative Weekly Standard, in an article headlined Troopergate, New York-Style: Eliot Spitzer's character problem, by New York Daily News columnist Michael Goodwin and historian Fred Siegel.

Beyond the current scandal regarding the administration's attempt to discredit Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, the authors detail a disturbing pattern of Spitzer using family money to fund his campaigns and his lifestyle, without disclosing it.

And, they point out, Spitzer's ethical record as governor is hardly sterling:
The result was gridlock, familiar ground in Albany, but one of the things Spitzer had promised to fix. His campaign motto was "Day One, Everything Changes," and he had cited secret negotiations, higher taxes, and unchecked spending as targets for his new administration. Yet it was already clear that Spitzer no longer saw those practices as problems. His first budget, despite repeated promises not to raise taxes, did just that. He increased spending by close to 8 percent--nearly triple the rate of inflation.

Perhaps most troubling, he continued the discredited practice of meeting with legislative leaders in private to make secret deals on laws and spending. When Michael Goodwin confronted Spitzer by noting that not a single public hearing had been held on any major issue before the deals were cut, Spitzer responded icily. "I'm the governor of the state," he said. "I'll be Lyndon Johnson. I'll craft the deals and I'll get the job done. You will write and I will do. That's why you're there and I'm here."

Spitzer has made some progress, but the "compromise" on the revision of the 421-a tax break, which left a significant "Atlantic Yards carve-out" for Forest City Ratner, certainly didn't happen in public.
We call upon Governor Spitzer, who was elected overwhelmingly to office on the promise of reforming Albany, to veto the 421-a "reform" bill as long as it contains special, exclusive and indefensible anti-reform tax breaks for "Atlantic Yards."

Please contact Governor Spitzer today to urge him to reject the Legislature's 421-a bill until the Ratner carve-out is eliminated.

Honorable Governor Eliot Spitzer
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Call: 518-474-8390


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