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Mayor to take over Brooklyn Bridge Park?

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This just in: Mayor Bloomberg told reporters at his daily press briefing today that the city has the means to take over the stalled and underfunded state-run Brooklyn Bridge Park development — and turn it into a city park.

“The city [would] take over management and fiscal re- financial responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governors Island and use monies that we’ve already put aside … for Javits,” the mayor said. “We would use that money to continue to develop these two things. … The city has more of an interest and I think the state government has their own problems. It’s a good deal for the state. If not, they can take them over or close them down.”

Few details emerged immediately after the mayor’s bombshell comment on Thursday afternoon, but state officials did confirm that the details are being negotiated at this time about transfering control of the 1.3-mile strip along the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO waterfronts to the city — and, possibly, abandoning its controversial funding scheme that put housing and other revenue-generating operations inside the park footprint.

“The state and the city are literally working on [a deal] right now,” said Erin Duggan, a spokeswoman for Gov. Paterson.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron, who defeated a longtime incumbent last year largely on his opposition to housing and other commercial uses inside the park, issued a statement saying that he “will not stand” for a city takeover unless the project becomes “a real, world-class park” without housing.

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Updated 9:58 am, March 13, 2009: Story was updated to include a quotation from Squadron.
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Pacholo from Red Hook says:
End the coruption and add a Little League baseball field to the park. While you're at it ayor Mike put the basketball court under a roof.
March 12, 2009, 8:24 pm
Pacholo from Red Hook says:
End the corruption and add a Little League baseball field to the park. While you're at it Mayor Mike put the basketball court under a roof.
March 12, 2009, 8:25 pm
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
thank goodness- the state has been a disaster on the Brooklyn Bridge Park..
March 12, 2009, 8:31 pm
Greg from Red Hook says:
While we're at it, let's put the city in control of the state too.
March 12, 2009, 11:51 pm
TruthSpeaker from Bklyn Hgts says:
Maybe if the City takes over it can claw back some of the tens of millions already paid to Van Valkenburgh & Associates, which nicely funded their new digs in downtown Bklyn and put a lot of money into the owner's pocket.
March 13, 2009, 5:11 pm
Ray from RedHook says:
sure he's got lots of money to spend..This must on top of his list. Its a shame He talks about cuts and we all should share the burden...How about spending that money where the real burden is....OOhh that's right ..this would be a nice place for up and coming homeless...
March 13, 2009, 5:46 pm
da from bh says:
The State's plan has been a disaster from the beginning and any park along our waterfront should be a city park not a state park. Bravo Mayor Mike.
March 15, 2009, 12:54 am
dolly from DUMBO says:
Mayor will for sure turn it into towers of housing. Must stop the bastard from using Brooklyn as his very own dump. Let's get us a park without him.
March 15, 2009, 9:24 pm
stash from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Bloomberg is just grandstanding. He probably just wants to take it away from Walentas,who lives right there, and hand this over to his good 'ole boy Ratner.
April 29, 2009, 6:15 pm
lexi from alonzo says:
hi
Nov. 17, 2009, 4:19 pm

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