Now here’s a headline after my own heart:
The full story, as related by Dana Rubinstein of Capital New York, is almost as delicious: Mayoral forum moderator Brian Lehrer asked all nine candidates present if any of them were “solidly for the stadium.” Nobody raised their hands. Then he asked who was “solidly against the stadium.” Again, no hands.
Finally, Lehrer asked comptroller John Liu to explain his “ambivalence” on the project, at which point Liu actually gave a somewhat commital answer:
“When they talk about alienating parkland for a stadium, they always make promises of making sure that the parkland is restored in another different park in the borough or in the city,” said Liu. “Unfortunately, under this administration, we have seen a couple of other stadiums that have been built, and the parks facilities and spaces not being made available until the public, until a huge amount of public pressure was put to bear on the administration. So, there’s a credibility factor here. And I certainly, in the case of the Major League Soccer stadium that’s being proposed, and I do believe the administration is pushing behind the scenes, I do not think overall it’s a good idea because they haven’t shown us exactly where they want to restore the parkland.”
So Liu still isn’t strongly against or in favor of it, he’s just concerned because he doesn’t know what the final deal might look like. Which is a reasonable enough position, but when nine candidates all take it regarding a major development project in the works, you have to wonder whether there might be something else going on here as well.