HEARD AROUND TOWN:
* A coalition including New York City Councilwoman Letitia James and Assemblyman Walter Mosley filed a lawsuit against the Bloomberg administration and developer Acadia Realty Trust calling for the City Point real estate project to be shut down and to commission a new environmental impact statement for the construction site. The suit alleges that the wage rate allowed in the City Point lease would force construction workers to earn substandard wages, and that the original environmental impact statement for the project assumed that Acadia Realty would be paying a prevailing wage. "The tipping point for me was when I discovered they were proposing to pay minority workers basically poverty wages, substantially below that of union workers," James said. Mosley added that the lawsuit was partially prompted by a lack of movement at the negotiating table between the construction unions and Acadia in regard to the wage issue. The Bloomberg administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A City Point spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.