From the NY Observer:
City Comptroller John Liu has formed his Task Force on Public Benefit Agreements, selecting four co-chairs who hail from backgrounds of labor, the real estate industry, housing and small business. The chairs are Jack Ahern, president of the Central Labor Council; Barry Gosin, CEO of brokerage Newmark Knight Frank; Priscilla Almodovar, a former top state housing finance official and an executive at JPMorgan Chase; and Joyce Moy, professor of Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at the City University of New York.
The purpose of the effort, which saw its first meeting Friday, is to recommend a more formalized process of creating "community benefits agreements," in which developers seeking public approvals strike deals with a collection of community groups and labor.
Okaaayy...so if they want helpful suggestions on this process, why wouldn't they put representatives of actual community or civic groups on the board? Otherwise, it's just a bunch of people with real estate interests and not community interests, which I suppose is intentional.
At least you know what to expect from Johnny. He never disappoints or surprises.