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    [quote][i]Originally posted by NY Newsday[/i]@ July 12, 2004
    [b][b][SIZE=2]Assembly leader: Separate Javits, Jets Stadium proposals[/SIZE]

    July 12, 2004, 3:31 PM EDT[/b]

    [i]ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)[/i] The Democratic leader of the state Assembly proposed legislation Monday to allow expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, but not a new stadium next door for the New York Jets.

    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, said any move to go ahead with construction of the $1.4 billion West Side stadium should be considered separately and be approved first by a host of city officials.

    Legislation from Republican Gov. George Pataki, not acted on by the Democratic-controlled Assembly, had sought to link the two projects.

    While all sides appear to be in favor of the $1.4 billion Javits Center expansion almost doubling its size there has been stiff opposition to the proposal to build a new stadium that would serve the Jets and possibly the 2012 Summer Olympics should New York City win its bid for the games.

    The Jets currently play home games at Giants Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

    "Moving Javits forward is a crucial and immediate need," said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Westchester County Democrat who led Assembly hearings on the issue. "The governor must stop holding Javits hostage to a controversial football stadium."

    "We're in the process of reviewing the legislation. We hope this is not another obstructionist ploy by the Assembly leadership to hold up the much-needed expansion of the Javits Convention Center," said Pataki spokeswoman Lynn Rasic.

    "The governor already proposed a bill over a month ago that provided for Javits expansion," Rasic added. "The governor's bill has broad support of labor and convention industry leaders and already made clear that the legislation was not linked to building a stadium, while also addressing a number of concerns raised by the Legislature."

    Rasic said the administration hoped the Assembly would "engage in good faith negotiations."

    [b]A spokesman said state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, a Republican from upstate's Rensselaer County, hoped a compromise could be worked out between the state and the city that would allow the Javits expansion to go forward.[/b]

    The Pataki plan had called for a $1.50-a-night hotel tax and a tax on cars rented at New York City airports to help finance construction. Silver's plan rejects the rental car tax.



    Copyright © 2004, The Associated Press [/b][/quote]

    [url=http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--westsidestadium0712jul12,0,1770916.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire]Link Here[/url]

    silver and bruno agree on something? unbelievable. who's going to stop this now?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by isired+Jul 12 2004, 03:45 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (isired @ Jul 12 2004, 03:45 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin--NY Newsday[/i]@ July 12, 2004
    [b][b][SIZE=2]Assembly leader: Separate Javits, Jets Stadium proposals[/SIZE]

    July 12, 2004, 3:31 PM EDT[/b]

    [i]ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)[/i] The Democratic leader of the state Assembly proposed legislation Monday to allow expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, but not a new stadium next door for the New York Jets.

    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, said any move to go ahead with construction of the &#036;1.4 billion West Side stadium should be considered separately and be approved first by a host of city officials.

    Legislation from Republican Gov. George Pataki, not acted on by the Democratic-controlled Assembly, had sought to link the two projects.

    While all sides appear to be in favor of the &#036;1.4 billion Javits Center expansion almost doubling its size there has been stiff opposition to the proposal to build a new stadium that would serve the Jets and possibly the 2012 Summer Olympics should New York City win its bid for the games.

    The Jets currently play home games at Giants Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

    "Moving Javits forward is a crucial and immediate need," said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Westchester County Democrat who led Assembly hearings on the issue. "The governor must stop holding Javits hostage to a controversial football stadium."

    "We&#39;re in the process of reviewing the legislation. We hope this is not another obstructionist ploy by the Assembly leadership to hold up the much-needed expansion of the Javits Convention Center," said Pataki spokeswoman Lynn Rasic.

    "The governor already proposed a bill over a month ago that provided for Javits expansion," Rasic added. "The governor&#39;s bill has broad support of labor and convention industry leaders and already made clear that the legislation was not linked to building a stadium, while also addressing a number of concerns raised by the Legislature."

    Rasic said the administration hoped the Assembly would "engage in good faith negotiations."

    [b]A spokesman said state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, a Republican from upstate&#39;s Rensselaer County, hoped a compromise could be worked out between the state and the city that would allow the Javits expansion to go forward.[/b]

    The Pataki plan had called for a &#036;1.50-a-night hotel tax and a tax on cars rented at New York City airports to help finance construction. Silver&#39;s plan rejects the rental car tax.



    Copyright 2004, The Associated Press [/b][/quote]

    [url=http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--westsidestadium0712jul12,0,1770916.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire]Link Here[/url]

    silver and bruno agree on something? unbelievable. who&#39;s going to stop this now? [/b][/quote]
    [color=green][b]Uh oh, sounds like the administration is more interested in putting in the Javits than putting up the money for the new stadium.

    They can still rezone the area, if they only Upgrade the Javits...[/b][/color]

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