Brodsky looking into Yankee Stadium fundingUpdating an earlier piece...
State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who represents the district to the immediate north of the Bronx, has become a thorn in the side of the Yankees.
Brodsky has been pressing the Bronx Bombers on spending related to their new stadium, much of which has come with public funds.
The chairman of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions is trying to subpoena documents related to the ballpark's construction.
Brodsky contends the Yankees are spending $4 billion in public money without providing enough jobs, affordable tickets or public information about the new stadium. He issued the subpoena as chairman of the Assembly's committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, reported the Albany Times-Union.
The Yankees said Brodsky's numbers were wrong and called him publicity hungry.
Brodsky stressed his money figures were accurate, outlining dollars spent between bonds, interest and aid.
"The state could have bought the Yankees for less than it cost to build the stadium," Brodsky told reporters.
Brodksy's long struck me as one of the few good guys in Albany. And if his numbers are correct, this is an even more scandalous tax giveaway than the infamous AMD project in Saratoga County. So I wish the Westchester Democrat well.
Labels: corporate welfare