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Weekend of politicking expected

6/3/2005

NEW YORK -- A state board delayed a vote on whether New York
state should pump $300 million into a stadium that would provide a
new home for the New York Jets football team and a vital selling point in luring the 2012 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 Summer Games 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.

Silver said Friday he was concerned that the 24 million square
feet of office space in the West Side development plan would create
competition with redevelopment at ground zero.

"I think we have things a little backward," Silver said. He
and the mayor planned to meet over the weekend.

Bruno, in a letter to IOC President Jacques Rogge on Thursday,
reiterated his support for a stadium -- but only if New York wins
the bid over the challengers.

The IOC will select a host city for the 2012 Olympics on July 6.
The other finalists are London, Paris, Moscow and Madrid.

The vote delay came a day after a key court victory for stadium
boosters. State Justice Herman Cahn dismissed a lawsuit alleging
illegalities in the Jets' deal to buy the land from a regional
transit agency.