Friday, September 19, 2008

Congress says City defrauded taxpayers on Yankee Stadium

A congressional panel has taken tough swings at the New York Yankees and New York City government over a new stadium for the Yankees. But neither the team nor the city budged from their positions on the $1.3 billion structure.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich said Thursday he found ``waste and abuse of public dollars'' in the financing of the new stadium under construction in the South Bronx.

Kucinich is an Ohio Democrat who heads a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee. He charged that city officials misrepresented to the IRS the value of the property, helping them to get special tax deals from the federal government and in effect dumping the cost of construction onto taxpayers. No one from the either the city or the Yankees spoke at the hearing.

Yankee Stadium Deal Criticized by Lawmakers

``In the case of the new Yankee Stadium, not only have we found waste and abuse of public dollars subsidizing a project that is for the exclusive benefit of a private entity, the Yankees, but also we have discovered serious questions about the accuracy of certain representations made by the City of New York to the federal government,'' Kucinich said.

The panel's investigation found ``substantial evidence of improprieties and possible fraud by the financial architects of the new Yankee Stadium,'' he added.

Rep. Laura Watson, D-Calif., said her hometown of Los Angeles has gone without a professional football team for decades because city officials are unwilling to pay for a new stadium.

Given the current financial crisis gripping the U.S. economy, she said it made no sense for taxpayers to pay for construction of buildings for the benefit of sports owner tycoons.


Anonymous said...

See that brown stuff Bloomberg is shoveling in the picture? It's actually shit, and he's shoveling it in your face.

Do not allow this corrupt, egomaniac turd another term. Two was too many.

Anonymous said...

I guess this is relevant once again:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the property is worth $200 million, no wait, er, um 25 million, no wait, which panel am I testifying in front of?

And the new stadium created 120, no, er uh, 3 new permanent jobs. Are these the same people that will be paying "fair market value" to Willets Point property owners?

Anonymous said...

Congress will investigate and the Bloomberg BS will be exposed!

He gave up big bucks to fellow fat cat George Steinbrenner.

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