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WHITE PAPER

Terrorism, Security and the Proposed Brooklyn Atlantic Yards High Rise and Arena Development Project
July 6, 2005

Authored by Christina Cope, Senior Environmental Policy Analyst for the Department of Defense
Alan M. Rosner, retired strategic and business analyst, formerly with MTA Metro North Railroad


Click to Download a pdf of this White Paper

Click for cover letter to officials

Develop-
don't destroy

BROOKLYN


For Immediate Release: July 22, 2005

Terrorism Threat in Brooklyn?
Security White Paper Raises Serious Concerns

DDDB and Community Call For
Full NYPD Security Review of Ratner AY Proposal

NEW YORK, NY–Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) calls on all the appropriate agencies, and elected officials to consider the critical issues raised in the white paper, released today, Terrorism, Security and the Proposed Brooklyn Atlantic Yards High Rise and Arena Development Project. The white paper was reported on in today's NY Sun (http://tinyurl.com/86c8q) and last week's Brooklyn Papers (http://tinyurl.com/7drol)

The final paragraph of the white paper reads:
It is the position of the drafters of this study that the time to account for security threats is now, before any commitments or final project approvals are inked, and not after, when consequences become known and are deemed unacceptable.
Christina Cope, a policy analyst at the United States Department of Defense and coauthor of the white paper said, "This document addresses the need for a comprehensive re-evaluation of the design for the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards (BAY) proposal. Specifically, this timely re-evaluation may lend to the incorporation of security measures into the complex's residential properties, the arena, and the transportation hub." Ms. Cope continued, "By altering designs that are susceptible to terrorist threats, the development's planners would be taking a proactive stance in protecting the Brooklyn community of residents, commuters, children, families and businesses and the proposed development's community."

Unique aspects of the Ratner proposal's design, location, and use raise critical security concerns at a location that was the site of a planned terrorist attack in 1997 and sits above and adjacent to Brooklyn's largest transportation hub. Whether or not a terrorist attack would ever occur at the BAY development, security mitigations would require design changes, terrorism insurance would be required, and terror alerts would ripple out from the BAY site all the way to the East River crossings–cumulatively these costs could be hõgh enough to affect the underlying financing of the entire project during and after construction. The design and economic impacts would also affect the construction timeline.

"We call on the MTA to thoroughly review this white paper before making a decision on the disposition of Atlantic yards. It is incumbent upon our politicians to call on the NYPD, and other appropriate agencies, to conduct a full security and terrorism review of the proposed Forest City Ratner plan for 20 skyscrapers and an arena in Brooklyn," said Daniel Goldstein, DDDB spokesperson. "Today we call on the NYPD to initiate such a crucial review for the safety and security of Brooklyn's citizens and visitors.

The white paper was mailed on July 20th to NYPD Commissioner Kelly (and many of his deputies), OEM Commissioner Bruno, FDNY Chief of Department Peter Hayden, NYPD Brooklyn North and South Borough Patrol Chiefs, and the full MTA Board. The document was also sent to Senators Schumer and Clinton, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Pataki, and various City Council Members including Public Safety Committee Chair Peter Vallone Jr., who will introduce legislation that will give the Police Department veto power over all proposals to construct buildings higher than seven stories in the five boroughs, as well as sports arenas (http://tinyurl.com/dgprb).

The white paper, and cover letter can be found at: http://www.dddb.net/security


Hon. Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
NYPD
One Police Plaza
New York, NY 10038

July 20, 2005

Hon. Commissioner Kelly:

By sending you the attached document, we are representing the interests of all New Yorkers, and particularly 48 community organizations that are calling for proper oversight and review of Forest City Ratner's proposal at Vanderbilt Yards, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

We are sending you the attached white paper, Terrorism, Security and the Proposed Brooklyn Atlantic Yards High Rise and Arena Development Project. We urge you and your colleagues to give it deliberative consideration. The document raises serious and unique issues that have been ignored to date. Last week, when The Brooklyn Papers asked Forest City Ratner about this document they had no comment.

The final paragraph of the white paper reads:
It is the position of the drafters of this study that the time to account for security threats is now, before any commitments or final project approvals are inked, and not after, when consequences become known and are deemed unacceptable.
We agree with this conclusion. We call upon the appropriate agencies, departments, and elected officials to weigh in and thoroughly study the serious issues raised within the document.

Sincerely,
Daniel Goldstein
Spokesman
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Cc:
Hon. Senator Charles Schumer
Hon. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hon. Mayor Bloomberg
Hon. Governor George E. Pataki
Hon. Borough President Marty Markowitz
Hon. US Congressman Major Owens
Hon. State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
Hon. State Assemblyman Roger Greene
Hon. City Council Member Letitia James
Hon. City Council Member David Yassky
Hon. City Council Member Bill de Blasio
Hon. City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr.
Joseph J. Esposito, NYPD Chief of Department
Michael Sheehan, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Counter Terrorism
David Cohen, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence
Joyce A. Stephen, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Community Affairs
Michael J. Farrell, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Initiatives
Deputy Inspector Thomas Harris, NYPD Commanding Officer - 78th Precinct
Inspector James OConnell , NYPD Commanding Officer - 77th Precinct
Joseph F.X. Cunneen, NYPD Assistant Chief , Patrol Borough Brooklyn North
Joseph Fox, NYPD Assistant Chief, Patrol Borough Brooklyn South
Peter Hayden, FDNY Chief of Department
Salvatore Cassano, FDNY Chief of Operations
Commissioner Joseph Bruno, Office of Emergency Management
First Deputy Commissioner Calvin Drayton, Office of Emergency Management
Peter Kalikow, MTA Chairman
Katherine Lapp, MTA Executive Director
Roco Krsulic, MTA Director of Real Estate
David S. Mack, Vice Chairman, MTA
Edward B. Dunn, Vice Chairman, MTA
Andrew Albert, Board Member, MTA
John H. Banks III, Board Member, MTA
James F. Blair, Board Member, MTA
Nancy Shevell Blakeman, Board Member, MTA
Anthony J. Bottalico, Board Member, MTA
Micharel J. Canino, Board Member, MTA
Barry Feinstein, Board Member, MTA
James H. Harding Jr. , Board Member, MTA
Susan Kupferman, Board Member, MTA
Mark D. Lebow, Board Member, MTA
James L. McGovern, Board Member, MTA
Susan G. Metzger, Board Member, MTA
Mark Page, Board Member, MTA
Mitchell H. Pally, Board Member, MTA
Francis H. Powers, Board Member, MTA
Andrew M. Saul, Board Member, MTA
James L. Sedore Jr. , Board Member, MTA
Edward A. Vrooman, Board Member, MTA
Ed Watt, Board Member, MTA
Carl V. Wortendyke, Board Member, MTA