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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Breaking News: Demolition Company Picked to Raze Old Yankee Stadium

A demolition company has been chosen to take down the old Yankee Stadium. After a "public" bidding process (more on that is on the way), the EDC picked Demco for the demolishing.

While the stadium-to-park process should take about two years, Kevin Callahan, Demco's Vice-President, has been tight-lipped about what, exactly, the project entails. Callahan says that due to Demco's contract with the City, he cannot give many specific details. Callahan, who spoke with us via telephone yesterday, did note that they "do have an asbestos removal plan" and that "concrete will be crushed on site or recycled to the greatest extent possible."

In other Yankee news:

Bending to Pressure from AG, Yanks Comp Tix
Responding to consumer complaints that the Yankees had failed to honor vouchers for free tickets, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo "brought the matter to the Yankees." Hours later, the Yanks agreed to accept the vouchers in exchange for "bleacher or grandstand tickets, or even better seating when those seats are not available." The vouchers were given out in December as part of the annual Yankees / Goya Holiday Food Drive, in which for every twenty-five dollars or twenty-five pounds of food donated, fans were promised a voucher good for two tickets.

Brodsky Demands More Info from Levine
Assemblyman Richard Brodsky notified Yankees President Randy Levine that the Yankees failed to comply with a subpoena issued by the State Assembly on January 12. The subpoena was intended to require the Yankees to provide the Assembly with information regarding:

"job commitments by the Yankees to the NYCIDA; the affordability of tickets and access to the new Stadium; the manipulation of property values and taxes by the Yankees, the City and the IDA; the provision and cost of special privileges to elected officials; the total cost to taxpayers of the new Stadium; the justification for the enormous public subsidies received by the Yankees; and where and with who within government lies the responsibility for these decisions."

While the Yankees had provided a "partial response" previously, the Assembly's Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions on Cities, of which Brodsky is the chariman, deemed it inadequate. Brodsky gave the Yankees until April 10th to reply to his notification.

Also, be sure to check out....
A couple of complaints about the new stadium, from the LoHud Yankee Blog - The net behind home plate ruins one of the most crucial broadcast shots (a view of the pitcher from behind and above the catcher) and the obstructed view seats in the bleachers are awful.

A quote from Randy Levine: “She’s been heard and unfortunately for her — and fortunately for us — the stadium got built....I’m from the Giuliani school. It’s business, not personal. The ‘Godfather’ mantra” (from the NY Times). Levine was referring to Anita Antonetty, a former CB4 member who was ousted after voting against the new stadium project.

A list of all of the Yankees official sponsors.

Make sure to hit up the Bronx News Network every Wednesday for your Yankees Organizational Roundup.


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