This morning at City Hall, Brooklyn elected officials, including Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries and City Council Members Letitia James and David Yassky, called for the passage of the Atlantic Yards Governance Act. This Act would create a 15-member development trust to manage the Atlantic Yards project, theoretically redistributing power over the project’s master plan from developer Forest City Ratner to the public.

According to the NY Observer, Jeffries said, “Atlantic Yards is a public project built on public land using public money overseen by a public entity for a public purpose. It therefore deserves maximum public participation during the life of this project.” However, the Observer also points out, a majority of the trust would be appointed by the Governor.