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New York Stadium Vote Is Delayed Until Monday

June 04, 2005|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — State officials delayed a vote on a proposal to put $300 million into a stadium that would provide a new home for the New York Jets and a vital selling point in attracting the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Olympic bid organizers said Friday that putting off the state Public Authorities Control Board until Monday will allow more time for negotiation.

But the change also puts the funding vote on the same day that the International Olympic Committee is to receive evaluations of the Olympic bids by New York and four other cities.

The $2-billion facility to go up over the rail yards on Manhattan's West Side is considered key to New York's chances, and the mayor promised an IOC panel in February that it would be built.

Bloomberg said Friday during his weekly radio show that he thought there were "ways for us to get together and do what this city needs."

Gov. George Pataki, who also supports the stadium, agreed. "This is an issue that should be resolvable," he said.

Pataki has one member on the three-member state board. The other two represent Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who say they want more information.

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