Secretary-General Kofi Annan is asking for $1.6 billion for renovations to the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. According to the Daily News, this will involve building a temporary conference center (or centre, in UN-speak) on the North Lawn.
The current price tag is 55 percent higher than the original estimate because lawmakers in Albany are pissed off about the Oil-for-Food scandal, so they’ve been sitting on permit applications for a cheaper renovation. Considering that the United States provides 22 percent of the UN’s regular budget, Albany’s delaying tactics will ultimately cost the American taxpayers more money while doing nothing for New York City or State except spreading the word that we’re less hospitable than we could be.
Meanwhile, it seems like the rumored temporary relocation of the United Nations to Brooklyn is not a going concern.