Resolution 6 - 2002
Resolution condemning former Mayor Giuliani for his surreptitious negotiation with the City’s baseball teams, granting them huge financial concessions and the promise of 1.6 billion dollars in new ball parks, and, in so doing, leaving our City’s taxpayers with crushing obligations to wealthy enterprises at a time when the City is in fiscal crisis.
By Council Members Jennings, Foster, Monserrate, Barron, DeBlasio and Sanders Jr.; also Council Member Boyland
Whereas, The City, already taken aback by this news, endured yet another surprise upon discovering that the former Mayor also provided the Yankees and the Mets with 60-day escape clauses from their lease if the teams believe that the City is not intending to build the new stadiums as “tentatively” promised by the former Mayor; and
Whereas, The City also discovered at this time that the Mayor had released the Mets from a $83,000 debt to the City, leaving it with all that much less revenue; and
Whereas, The former Mayor provided these fiscally burdensome deals to these very wealthy and profitable teams at a time when the City is in recovery from a massive and heartbreaking disaster that has placed its budget in a 4 billion dollar deficit; and
Whereas, These deals were negotiated while the City’s 4 billion dollar deficit has threatened the scope of vital services, such as the Head-Start programs, fire and police protection, health care to the poor, and library service; and
Whereas, By attempting to saddle the City with this hastily crafted sweetheart deal for building new stadiums, the former Mayor has engaged in a reverse Robin Hood syndrome by robbing from the poor and giving to the rich; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Council of the City of New York condemns former Mayor Giuliani for his surreptitious negotiation with the City’s baseball teams, granting them huge financial concessions and the promise of 1.6 billion dollars in new ball parks, and, in so doing, leaving our City’s taxpayers with crushing obligations to wealthy enterprises at a time when the City is in fiscal crisis.
City Council Stated Meeting - April 5, 2006: The New York City Council approved a plan to build a new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx by a vote of 45 to 2. Barron and Foster were the only two members who voted no. The Mets proposal passed 48-1 with only Barron opposing.
"Little kids will no longer have to play in parks that are dilapidated," said Councilmember Joel Rivera. That's right, now they'll have to play in the street...
They can swap the name Giuliani for Bloomberg and reintroduce the same resolution today (which didn't pass the first time around). But no one will have the balls to do it (except maybe Barron).
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