And now Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Democrat from Westchester County, has his committee issuing a subpoena for Levine (as well as city Industrial Development Agency Chairman Seth Pinsky).
Brodsky said the subpoenas compel the officials to appear for questioning at a hearing Wednesday, and to provide documents the committee wants for its investigation into whether public money should be used for the new stadium in
Both teams have given long lists of reasons why they want more public bonds, including construction delays, government requirements such as security and fireproofing, and design changes such as enhanced scoreboards and bigger food service areas.
The Yankees are asking for another $259 million in tax-exempt bonds and $111 million in taxable bonds, on top of $940 million in tax-exempt bonds and $25 million in taxable bonds already granted for the $1.3 billion Bronx stadium.
Last week, the Bloomberg administration said it would forgo luxury boxes, valued at as much as $850,000 for the new Yankee Stadium and up to $500,000 at the new Mets ballpark, following months of criticism about its handling of the projects.
I’m on record here saying that I don’t trust Randy Levine OR any of the dealings with NYC. Levine is an ex-NYC government insider [Before joining the Yankees, Levine served as New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Planning and Administration. He also served as New York City’s Labor Commissioner. Prior to joining the mayor’s office, he served as the chief labor negotiator for Major League Baseball and negotiated the 1996 MLB labor agreement]. We’ve seen some of the ugly details come out over the last year about some of the back-office deals and wink-wink, nod-nod agreements. I think Levine is the force behind all of this.
We like to joke about the Yanks being the Evil Empire. That might be true, but I don’t think the guy behind the black mask and cap is a Steinbrenner; I think it’s Levine. The Steinbrenners might push to control the on-field decisions, but it’s Levine who is manning the helm with some of these other, more sketchy, dealings.
In a particularly brief but scathing exchange that doesn’t look good for Yanks President Randy Levine:
The Economic Development Corporation’s Seth Pinsky wrote to Doctoroff that Yankees President Levine “said he would give his word” (Click to see e-mails) that if parking spaces hurt the city’s rent arrangement, the Yankees would “work with us to figure out how to fix the problem.”
In minutes, Doctoroff responded, “Let’s not give. I don’t trust [Levine].”
We, the fans, know we’re being screwed in this whole ballpark thing. We know, deep down, that there’s blatant corruption going on behind the scenes (mostly). But when it becomes public, that’s when we can bark and yell “SEE!?!?” Except the only thing we, the fans, can do in protest is not go to the Stadium. Which will never happen. So there’s little deterrent for the politicians and Yankee execs to treat us, the fans, properly.
So go enjoy the new Stadium, pay thru the nose to sit there and behold the holy temple of awesome.
It just sucks knowing you’re being screwed while they smile at you, patting you on the back with one hand, emptying your wallet with the other. I think we’d rather be blissfully unaware of the corruption than knowing what’s gone (or is going) on.