The panel of experts Mayor Bill de Blasio convened to chart a path through the political nightmare of a transportation project in Brooklyn Heights may well recommend no particular solution at all.
Earlier this week, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Expert Panel chair Carlo Scissura — who is also president of the New York Building Congress — circulated a draft version of the panel’s report. He was supposed to release the final report last summer.
While some thought the panel might identify a specific solution for the project, the draft report indicates it won’t, a source who has seen versions of the report told POLITICO.
Instead, the panel recommends creating yet another panel, made up of city, state and federal representatives, to both deal with the immediate concerns surrounding the triple-cantilever highway under the Brooklyn Promenade and envision a broader plan for the entire corridor from Staten Island to Queens. The uncoveted “Big Dig” type of project was in fact a state issue, before the Cuomo administration punted it to the de Blasio administration in 2014.