February 16, 2012 By Steven E. Greer
BatteryPark.TV has previously exposed the scandal behind the attempt of CB1 member Jeff Galloway to draft an unwanted Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and have it signed by the BPCA, which would have served to protect the special interests of Bob Townley’s nearby Manhattan Youth from competition from the new Asphalt Green community center. Recall, this MOU was never signed for more than two years by the Gayle Horwitz BPCA administration, and was thought to be dead when BPCA Chairman announced that he would not sign it. Then, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the proponents of the MOU thought that the crisis might represent an opportunity, and resubmitted a tamer version of the MOU. After BP.TV reporting, this latest MOU was never brought up as a resolution to be voted upon at the December 19th CB1 meeting and seemed to have a short life.
During multiple CB1 meetings, as all of the drama detailed above was taking place, the author of the MOU, Jeff Galloway, refused to show the document to the Battery Park City subcommittee of CB1. Therefore, BP.TV submitted a freedom of information request to CB1 to obtain the mystery MOU. The CB1 legal staff replied that they did not have the MOU. Upon appeal, the CB1 replied once again that it did not have access to the MOU (Click here for the actual letter).
Clearly, there is so little support now for the Jeff Galloway/Bob Townley MOU that Catherine McVay Hughes and the other senior members of CB1 do not want to touch this hot potato or even acknowledge that it exists. This explains why the topic was quickly skipped over at the December 19th CB1 meeting (see video).
Even Mr. Galloway was unwilling to ever publicly support his own MOU and strategically showed up late to CB1 meetings when the MOU was discussed. Other members of CB1 would send secret text messages to him telling him when it was OK to enter the room.
For now, the momentum seems to be going in favor of the opening of Asphalt Green, although repair work is stalled. BatteryPark.TV will continue to keep an eye on the MOU that never seems to be completely killed. Like drug resistant bacterium, it might spring to life at some point in the future.