The Jets' End Run

Will Bloomberg and Pataki spend billions without legislative approval?

Back in the City Council, meanwhile, the coming year suddenly looks very interesting indeed, with the prospect of looming votes on as much as $600 million for the Jets stadium, $350 million for the city's share of the Javits Center, and as-yet-undetermined hundreds of millions in subsidy requests from the Nets, Yankees, and Mets all on the docket. The man with the keys to the treasury: Council Speaker Giff Miller, who by the time these votes take place early next year is expected to be kicking off his own mayoral campaign.

Like Silver, Miller has staked out a position as the loyal opposition on Hudson Yards, questioning bits of the financing plan without ever quite indicating whether he's for or against either the greater project or its most contentious element, the stadium. Last week, the speaker made rare headlines—in the Observer, OK, but headlines nonetheless—by calling out Bloomberg over an Olympics contract that Miller says could leave the city on the hook for billions in cost overruns, without including the council in negotiations.

Following the Gargano Gambit, though, while Thompson—another potential mayoral candidate—decried the mayor's willingness to "saddle New Yorkers with this potential additional financial risk," Miller's office issued a carefully worded statement expressing his hopes that such "unanswered questions . . . should be answered with more public review." If Doctoroff and Gargano get their way, that's precisely what won't happen.

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