As NoLandGrab says, "Wow, who could have predicted that? We had Bruce Ratner's word, after all."
Out of work! Ratner ally BUILD got just 15 jobs for black Yards supporters
The organization that promised to deliver jobs for black supporters of Atlantic Yards has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from developer Bruce Ratner to help train workers for the positions — but has only secured work for 15 people at the $5-billion mega-project.
The Brooklyn Paper. By Daniel Bush
The mostly black members of Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development who were promised some of the 1,500 jobs per year over the project's 10-year buildout loudly supported Atlantic Yards during the approval process, often appearing in hard hats at rallies and hearings and presenting a contrasting face to the project's mostly white opponents.
BUILD's President James Caldwell said that the group has helped 400 people find work around town — but he admitted that only 15 of those positions were on Ratner's Prospect Heights development, which currently consists of only the under-construction Barclays Center near the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues.
Residents filed a lawsuit against Ratner and BUILD last Tuesday in federal court, claiming that executives at BUILD and Ratner's company falsely promised them union memberships and jobs in exchange for completing a "sham" 15-week training program run by the Downtown nonprofit in 2010.
Caldwell disputed the claim, and blamed his failure to secure more Atlantic Yards jobs for local residents on the economy and lawsuits from Yards opponents.
"There would be [more jobs] had all these things not taken place," he said. "The bottom fell out of the economy."
But the Great Recession didn't hurt BUILD's bottom line: the organization's annual operating budget increased from $191,721 in 2007 to $279,395 in 2009, according to the latest available documents from the Internal Revenue Service...
Sorry, but opposition to the project has nothing whatsoever to do with the project’s failure to create jobs. For two years Forest City Ratner has had completely unimpeded rights to construct its project and if BUILD has only been able to provide 15 Atlantic Yards jobs (out of some 400 or so on site) that too has nothing to do with opposition.
The fact that Reverend Daughtry bought into the developer's job hype, partnered with Ratner and ignored any concerns, criticism and warnings about the project is his own responsibility.