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CB 13 welcomes IG’s report on Creedmoor

Still worried about a BSA OK for apts.

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:55 am, Thu Oct 3, 2013.

And while hearings next month before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals are considered far from certain to back up the board’s choice, CB 13 members came back from their summer break on Monday with a report from the state inspector general that supports many of their objections to the process by which the Indian Cultural and Community Center got the land and permission for the towers.

“It is a scathing report,” Jerry Wind, a member of the board’s Land Use Committee, told the group.

The 18-page IG report cited “lapses” in oversight by the state’s Dormitory Authority, which had the task of overseeing the sale of 4.5 acres from the Creedmoor site to the ICCC. [See Sept. 12 story at qchron.com]

The ICCC was found to have acted “disingenuously” in its dealings with state representatives during negotiations.

The IG’s report has been turned over to the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The BSA, which rules on development projects that have been rejected by community boards, will have hearings scheduled in November.

Wind believes the board also should consider sending a letter to Gov. Cuomo asking him to vacate the sale to the ICCC.

In other news before the board, Lycia and Jeremiah Grant of Queens Village appeared to speak of their plans to open a charter school geared toward a science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — curriculum.

No applications have been made, and the Grants said their presentation was part of a community outreach within District 29, where they would like to open up.

They said they do not wish to co-locate within an existing school, and would have the same teacher hiring standards as the city’s Department of Education.

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