Yay, sometimes the good guys win.
From the Boston Herald:
State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who accuses the city of conducting the stadium negotiations behind closed doors, said the Bloomberg administration is clearly worried about how it looks to be haggling over luxury boxes now that the city is grappling with dramatic budget cuts, job losses, and tax hikes.
"This whole thing has been an embarrassment," Brodsky said. "I think they were scared about the public reaction to this entire fiasco."
The luxury box deal was announced as the city and teams prepare for a public hearing next week to discuss additional support for the stadium projects.
Now, if only the teams will stop asking for more money. Puh-leeze. When the Mets are asking for more bond money, they can let everyone know what the $40 "order charge" on my tickets went for.
The Yankees are asking for another $259 million in tax-exempt bonds and $111 million in taxable bonds, on top of $940 million in tax-exempt bonds and $25 million in taxable bonds already granted for its $1.3 billion Bronx stadium.
The Mets are requesting an additional $83 million, after the $615 million already approved for their $800 million Queens park.