The Brooklyn Paper reports that Community Board 2 has decided to withdraw its representation from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council because, as CB2 Chair Shirley McRae wrote in a letter to Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation President Regina Myer:
The discourse at and resultant actions of the CAC often appear to be adversarial to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation… it creates a dysfunctional dynamic that I no longer want the community board to be a party to.
This means the community will no longer have the voice of CB2 appointee and CAC co-chair Andrew Lastowecky, shown at the podium at last week’s BBPC board meeting, at which he argued for consideration of the impact of proposed housing to be built in the Park on local schools.
The Brooklyn Paper story also quotes the CAC’s other co-chair (and now apparently sole chair), Lucy Koteen:
McRae seems to be blaming the CAC for not being cooperative with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation…The function of the council is advisory, but they [the BBPC] never take our advice. So, it is contentious, no doubt about it.
CB2’s administrtor, Robert Perris, is quoted as saying “It’s the tone of the discourse” that caused the Board to decide to call it quits, because “That’s not how we do business.”