Kavanagh Testifies at State Supreme Court Hearing on Assembly Subpoena of Yankees

June 1, 2009

Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh testified at a June 1st hearing in State Supreme Court in Albany regarding the validity of a subpoena issued by the Assembly to the New York Yankees seeking documents related to public subsidies expended in connection with construction of the Yankees’ new stadium. Kavanagh testified as a member of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions and a member of the Committee on Cities, both of which have been investigating the topic. Kavanagh was joined in offering testimony by Assemblymember Richard Brodsky, who chairs the Corporations Committee and also served as an attorney representing the Assembly’s position at the hearing. Kavanagh testified that the information sought in the subpoena would help lawmakers considering his legislation (bill A00508A) that would require that public subsidies for construction and renovation of professional sports facilities be conditioned on an agreement to ensure that some tickets to the facility would be affordable to the general public. Kavanagh’s bill has over 70 Assembly co-sponsors.