Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty Dealings, and the by Lis Harris

By Lis Harris

It truly is ny urban in 1992. ignorant of the heartbreak he'll come upon, the veteran environmentalist Allen Hershkowitz proposes constructing a tremendous recycled-paper mill within the urban. he is bored with being outgunned too usually through lobbyists in legislative battles and desires to enhance an environmentally pleasant and ecocnomic company that would carry jobs to 1 of the city's poorest neighborhoods. what is extra, the venture may turn into a countrywide version. yet Hershkowitz fast reveals himself pitted opposed to fabulous forces. To the idealist's shock, local activists fiercely withstand outsiders, and he needs to confront byzantine politics and strong hostility. The undertaking could be remarkable environmentally and socially, yet frequently that isn't what concerns. From commencing to finish, Tilting at turbines unearths what can take place in tried alliances among mammoth company and environmentalists and is stuffed with surprising tales of what quite occurs behind the curtain in significant deal-making.

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He wasn’t too worried about Ferrer, because the staff at Banana Kelly and several assembly people he talked to reassured him that it was they, not the borough president, who truly represented the community, and they could get whatever support was needed. He also hadn’t been too worried when Ferrer had bad-mouthed Schwarz on the Swedish trip. Part of the reorganization of the city charter, led by Schwarz, after all, had taken away most of the power of the borough presidents. In time, Hershkowitz would come to see that whatever his politics, Governor Cuomo’s style was to enforce his political power by making sure the projects he supported fitted the agendas of his local officials, assemblymen and -women, and borough presidents, and he seemed not to be terribly interested in environmental issues.

At a meeting in late February at City Hall, discussions focused on ways of encouraging small and big projects that stimulated recycling ventures — all of which further heartened Hershkowitz. ” Besides Schwarz, Schrader, and Gold, it included Michael Gerrard, one of the country’s most respected environmental lawyers, who had worked pro bono with NRDC on several major battles. S. subsidiary of Hambros, a venerable English merchant bank that had a long-standing relationship with MoDo. Pulver, like Campbell, had quite a bit of experience in environmental investments, but, unlike Campbell, he also was experienced in single-asset industrial project financing, the economic development category into which the mill project fell.

Hershkowitz had met again with MoDo in Stockholm to discuss technical issues about the project. MoDo had raised the possibility of using private carters instead of the Department of Sanitation if the delays involved in the often elaborate Request For Proposal (RFP) process with the city turned out to be Who’s Driving This Car? 43 too lengthy — and Hershkowitz began to explore the carters’ world, which had a dubious reputation. And MoDo and Banana Kelly signed an agreement. They would eventually sign a more binding document — this was an agreement on an agreement.

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