Panel-ing over infrastructure problems

It's one of the oldest tricks in politics: When you want a problem to go away, appoint a panel.

Then last week Mayor Bill de Blasio debuted his own "expert" panel: a conclave of academics, transit wonks, civic leaders and trade-group heads to evaluate reconstruction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

The BQE project was shaping up as a major headache for de Blasio. After his agency pitched two unpalatable options, alternatives flooded in, including from the Brooklyn Heights Association, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, the Regional Plan Association and the Bjarke Ingels Group, an architecture firm. Litigation seemed inevitable. The panel might reach a consensus, which the city's transportation officials had already failed to do.

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