Mr. Kenneth M. Doran, Esq.
Managing Partner Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
333 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90071-3197
T: (213) 229-7537 F: (213) 229-6537
Dear Mr. Doran:
I do not understand why your firm has filed suit against the City of New York to stop the redevelopment of the West Side of Manhattan. This lawsuit does not seem to be consistent with the mission statement, history and business position of your company. I thank you for your company's support of New York City's Olympic Bid, but opposing the redevelopment of Manhattan's West Side will compromise our ability to build a necessary Olympic Stadium, using $800 million of private money from the New York Jets.
Your firm has extensive experience in environmental law and should appreciate the completeness and detail in the 6,000 page Environmental Impact Statement issued by the City's Department of City Planning. Yet the lawsuit was filed by a partner in your firm who specializes in Litigation.
In your website, you acknowledge the need to maintain a competitive advantage in an our increasingly gobalized economy. New York City needs this West Side Redevelopment, along with the expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center, to remain competitive in tourism and convention business. The City desperately needs the jobs and tax revenue that will be generated by the NYC Convention Corridor and associated development.
I urge you to reconsider this lawsuit. It is not in keeping with your firms commitment to our Olympic Bid and the ability for New York City to compete in our global economy. The lawsuit, which claims the Environmental Impact Statement is incomplete and the public has no ability to comment, is baseless. I urge you to have your Environmental staff contact the New York City Department of City Planning and review the Environmental Impact Statement in depth. For your convenience, it can be found at the link below. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/hyards/eis.html
Thank you very much for your support of New York City.
Patrick M. Centolanzi, PE