It’s getting to the point where it’s almost no fun to be outraged about the expenditure of taxpayer dollars on Yankee Stadium:
More than a quarter of the $370 million in taxpayer financing in the Yankees’ latest demand would go to shiny new toys like giant video screens and upgraded luxury suites, documents show.
Nearly $95 million is for “scope modifications” – items not in the team’s original plan when it got $942million in tax-exempt bonds via the city . . .
. . . The Yankees’ $95 million in extras includes $14.2 million for a scoreboard, $10.7million for a giant video board and $10.4 million in luxury suite upgrades.
The team wants more money to make room for two restaurants, a New York Yankees Steakhouse and a Hard Rock Cafe.
“It’s terrific that they want to have a Hard Rock Cafe and a steakhouse there, but why should the taxpayer pay for that?” [Assemblyman Richard] Brodsky asked.
I wish they’d at least try to hide some of this stuff in innocuous sounding line items like “site improvements” or “contributions to the Orphan’s Fund” or something. At least then we’d have the satisfaction of sniffing it out later. Just coming out and admitting that they’re gilding lilies here totally kills it for me.