2005-07-08 / Community

Weiner: 2016 Olympics With Queens As Centerpiece

On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee awarded the Olympics to London.  Representative Anthony Weiner released the following statement:

“I applaud the Mayor for the energy he brought to the pursuit of the 2012 games.

“That we didn’t win is a disappointment to all New Yorkers.  New York City would have been a great host to the games and the world.

“The push for the 2016 Olympics begins today.  And the right plan for 2016 puts Queens at the center from day one. As I said over a year ago, Queens is the right place for an Olympic stadium. 

“But the process has to get better.  An open and transparent process that relies on the best ideas and maximum public input, not a top down, closed plan that rewards big developers and special interests. 

“And our push for the Olympics can’t become a substitute for a real economic vision for the City. 

“We need a real investment in all five boroughs for affordable housing, better schools, and programs to help our small businesses. 

“We need to make life a little easier for middle class New Yorkers and those aspiring to get there by offering them real tax relief.  And we need to make intelligent choices with our budget, to make sure redundant or poor performing programs don’t drain money away from those that are really working for middle class New Yorkers. 

“I’ll talk about that, and how we can use our failed bid as a pivot to real economic development, in the coming days.  I believe we have real opportunities.

“The Olympics would have been great for New York City.  But New York City is a great City without them.”

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