Mayor Bloomberg threatens to yank funding for Brooklyn Bridge Park

March 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

Mayor Bloomberg ratcheted up the heat in his bid to take over Brooklyn Bridge Park yesterday, threatening to halt city funding unless state officials hand over full control.

“If they are not willing to turn it over to us, we’ll turn it over to them,” said Bloomberg during a press conference, using significantly stronger language than earlier this month when he first proposed taking control of the park.

“But then we’re not going to put city money in, obviously,” the mayor added.

The sharp words come just weeks after Bloomberg first floated taking over the park and Governors Island, two projects that could reap the benefits of some $300 million currently earmarked for the delayed Jacob Javits Center expansion.

Under Bloomberg’s plan, a portion of city money now set aside for the Javits Center expansion would be shifted to cover an estimated $120 million funding gap at the park. But if the city were to make good on Bloomberg’s threat, state officials could be stuck with full control of the 1.3-mile waterfront park and a remaining budget gap.

The park is expected to cost $350 million – with the city so far contributing $146 million, and the state shelling out $85 million. Sources said the city wouldn’t take back what had already been contributed toward the park, but would stop pumping in any more cash.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Paterson did not immediately return calls for comment, but earlier this month officials said negotiations had already begun.

“The state and the city are literally working on [a deal] right now,” Paterson spokeswoman Erin Duggan had said.

Bloomberg insisted negotiations were moving forward between city and state officials – despite what one source described as heel-dragging by state officials.

“I was somewhat encouraged, actually, by the report I’ve gotten,” Bloomberg said. “There’s a lot of dialogue going back and forth. And if you’re talking, then there’s a good chance of you coming up with a solution.

“If you’re not talking, there’s none,” Bloomberg added.

Two playgrounds, a dog run and rolling meadows with lush landscaping along the waterfront are slated to be completed by the summer of 2010. Pier 6, with its volleyball courts, playground and concessions, is expected later this year. Officials expect to finish two-thirds of the park by 2012.

“The state’s got so many things on its plate, they just can’t spend the time in doing it,” said Bloomberg, referring to both the state-controlled Javits Center expansion and the proposed Moynihan Station project, among others.With Adam Lisberg
 BY Jotham Sederstrom
DAILY NEWS

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