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Monday, December 14, 2009

Armory Update: Full Council Gathering ....

... I'm going to try to do a little liveblogging here, grouping updates in individual posts. But the Internet is finnicky here so if you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know why.
The full Council is gathering in the Council chamber at City Hall. Borough President just arrived and is begin greeted by his political colleagues from the Bronx and all around the City.
I just came upstairs from Council Speaker Christine Quinn's press room where she spoke with members of the Bornx delegation and the Land Use Committee surrounding her.
She was peppered with questions about the wage issue, but she kept insisting that Land Use only addressed the issues that it deals with on an issue like this, mainly parking and traffic. She said there were many other issues but she didn't cite any of them.
Asked what she would tell the 1,000 or so construction workers who now won't get to work on the Armory in the immediate future, she emphasized that there are two sides in a negotiation and in this case they couldn't come to an agreement. She cited the Council's record on approving most Land Use issues that come before it.
In fact, no one hear can remember any proposal like this that has been rejected by the Council. No Council member seems to even fully understand the process going forward. Quinn did explain but it was as if she had just been briefed by her staff on it.
Bottom line is mayor can veto (he wouldn't get to do this if regular legislation was voted down -- he gets to veto bills that are passed) but Council can override the veto on Dec. 21.  Quinn said she had the votes to override. We'll see how many in a moment.
OK on to the liveblogging. 

12:25 p.m. -- It's starting. Jose Rivera just walked in a gave Ruben Diaz a hug. Joel Rivera is chairing the meeting sitting in the big chair above the lower dais.
12:30 -- Joel just announced that it's his father's 73rd birthday today. 


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