The New York Times also reported today on the news that Brooklyn homeowner Daniel Goldstein has finally been forced out by the state's eminent domain abuse. And the paper turned to ACORN chief Bertha Lewis for some gloating commentary:
Bertha Lewis, a housing advocate who supported the project, bid Mr. Goldstein "good riddance."
"Low- and moderate-income people had to wait years for housing while he obstructed the Atlantic Yards project," she said.
Of course, Lewis is much more than just a "housing advocate who supported the project," she was the CEO of ACORN, a group that signed a contract with Bruce Ratner "to publicly support the [Atlantic Yards] Project by, among other things, appearing with the Developer before the Public Parties, community organizations and the media as part of a coordinated effort to realize and advance the Project." In return, Ratner pledged to include a certain amount of "affordable housing" in the project, units that ACORN stood to make a fortune from marketing and managing. As the New York Post reported, "Anita MonCrief, a former ACORN official-turned-whistleblower, estimates the anticipated deal could bring the group $5 million to $10 million annually over multiple years."
And the money didn't stop there. In 2008 Ratner bailed ACORN out to the tune of $1.5 million dollars after the news broke that Dale Rathke, brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, had embezzled nearly $1 million from the group back in 2000 and the national leadership had covered the crime up for eight years. The financial fallout from that scandal threatened to ruin ACORN until Ratner stepped in with a $1 million loan and a $500,000 grant. This desperately-needed cash kept ACORN alive and allowed it to keep providing cover for Ratner's corporate welfare and eminent domain abuse.
So if it wasn't for Bruce Ratner's taxpayer-subsidized bribes and handouts, we would've bid good riddance to ACORN long ago. Apparently the New York Times didn't think any of that context was important to the story.