RATNER BIDS FOR FED $$
By RICH CALDER and TOM NAMAKO, NY Post
Brooklyn's flagging Atlantic Yards project took another hit yesterday when Metropolitan Transportation Authority honchos confirmed the agency won't dish out any of its allocated federal stimulus funds to aid developer Bruce Ratner.
"It's not on any of our lists [of projects]," one MTA official said.
But while Ratner won't be getting any MTA aid to bail out his reeling $4 billion plan to bring an NBA arena and 16 residential and office towers to Prospect Heights, he still has a shot at getting some of the federal pork directly through Gov. Paterson.
The state's $24.6 billion pool of the stimulus bill contains $3.9 billion for infrastructure and energy assistance and Ratner is lobbying hard for some of it.
A Paterson spokeswoman said the governor is still examining whether the project warrants stimulus funds, adding there's a lot of competition.
Ratner declined to comment for this article.
And Marty has been lobbying hard for his pal.
Could it be possible that Paterson will bail out Ratner but not our Queens hospitals?
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