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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pinstripe Politics April 22

At Press Conference, Speakers Demanded Action on Parks

A NYC Park Advocates Inc. press conference was held last Thursday at Macombs Dam Park, to draw attention to "broken promises made to the taxpayers regarding the development of the new Yankee Stadium." Speakers included former Community Board 4 members, civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, representatives from Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, subsidy watchdog Good Jobs New York and NYC Park Advocates.

According to NYC Park Advocates President Geoffrey Croft, who we reached via telephone yesterday, the organization pushed for, among other issues, the replacement of four acres of lost parkland that have gone unaccounted for by city officals.

For more info, check out the NYC Park Advocates' report "Broken Promises."

Benun Charged in 161st St. Fraud Case

A Manhattan businessman, Mark Benun, is being charged in federal court for attempting to sell a commercial property near the new Yankee Stadium under fraudulent pretenses. From the Daily News:

To dupe the buyer, prosecutors said, Benun created three bogus satisfactions of mortgages that were notarized. He conned a notary into signing off on the documents by claiming the individuals whose signatures were on them got stuck in traffic, prosecutors said.

Businessman strikes out in fraudulent bid to sell building across from Yankee Stadium
The property, at 67-79 E. 161st St., is home to the Crown Donut Restaurant.

Make Sure to Check Out...

In weird Yankee news, get ready for Yankee Stadium to become the megachurch of baseball. On April 25th, famed televangelist Joel Osteen will hold a "preaching event" at the stadium.

Thanks to GAX for pointing out this NY Times article, about displaced Bronx sports teams, in the comments section of yesterday's round up.

Also, for a funny take on the new stadium, check out Mike MacAdam's blog post for the Schenectady Gazette, "Yankee Stadium = Jurassic Park."
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