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June 12, 2012 By Steven Greer
As we have reported previously, the Battery Park City Authority seems to be in collusion with the local advertising flier, the Broadsheet. Every important story that relates to inadequacies of the authority are either not reported, or spun in a way to show the BPCA in a positive light. The long delays in the construction of the Asphalt Green recreation and youth is a prime example.
BatteryPark.TV exclusively reported on the reasons for the delays with Asphalt Green and how they differed from the official explanations given by CEO Gayle Horwitz. Those reasons deal with behind-the-scenes attempts of Horwitz to nullify the contract made by the previous BPCA administration with Asphalt Green which Ms. Horwitz felt was too favorable to Asphalt Green. The delays in obtaining city permits, the official explanation given by the BPCA for the construction delays, was a ruse, according to our sources. BatteryPark.TV also reported last month that it would be unlikely to see any activity at Asphalt Green this year, despite the organizations still accepting applications and deposits from families.
Today, in the online daily version of The Broadsheet, it was reported that Asphalt Green’s summer camp for children would be cancelled. However, the blame was placed on Asphalt Green for making false promises to the community rather than blaming the BPCA. One paragraph stated, “Mark Costello, a member of Community Board 1 who serves on that body’s Battery Park City Community Center Task Force (and who has voiced reservations for years about the terms of Asphalt Green’s contract with the BPCA), said, “It has been clear for quite a while that they weren’t going to be able to open a summer camp, and not telling people is simply unacceptable. If you’re in the business of taking care of people’s kids, the one thing you cannot do is surprise them. If a pipe breaks, that’s one thing — stuff happens. But they have known about this for a long time. This shows a very corporate attitude toward what they do. But you can’t run the business of childcare like any other business and simply seek your own advantage. There are families stuck in the middle here.”
In no other section of the Broadsheet article is there mention of the long delays in Asphalt Green construction as being caused by the mass firing of 19 BPCA employees, many of whom had the expertise at navigating the city permit system. There is also no mention of the maneuvers by CEO Horwitz to nullify the Asphalt Green deal.