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Possible New Delay For Ratner Plans

New York gubernatorial candidate Elliot Spitzer Friday called for a delay in environmental hearings on Bruce Ratners plans for Atlantic Yards. The state wants to hold hearings in late August. Critics have claimed that's too short of a time to review the 1,400-page environmental impact statement and conflicts with many New Yorkers' summer vacations. Ratner still plans to open the new Nets arena in 2009, but needs approvals this year in order to meet that schedule.