In mid-September, Seth Pinsky walked into Councilman Tony Avella’s Lower Manhattan office to talk about the proposed Willets Point redevelopment, flanked by a set of aides. The wiry young president of the city’s Economic Development Corporation made his pitch to the Queens Democrat, hailing the benefits of his agency’s largest development project, and leaving Mr. Avella with a presentation in the form of a colorful booklet.
Showdown at Willets Point
Mr. Avella, one of the Council’s most outspoken voices on the subject of overdevelopment, laid out conditions for his support, ones he thought the city would be unlikely to meet. And, from his perspective, that was that.
Or so he thought.
“Now, just this past week, they called again,” Mr. Avella said. “They want to do a follow-up meeting.
“It’s one of the few times that the administration has lobbied me after I’ve made my position public,” he added. “Usually … they don’t lobby me—so they must be worried.”
The first council hearing is on Friday and the EDC is going to beat the environmental drum.