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STEINBRENNER MAKES STRONGEST REMARKS ON TEAM'S FUTURE
Published June 5, 1998
Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner "all but threatened last night to leave New York City" unless City Council Speaker Peter Vallone "abandoned his push for a referendum on whether city money should be used to help build a new ballpark," according to Norimitsu Onishi of the N.Y. TIMES. Steinbrenner's remarks came after City Council leaders "unveiled their own plan for the city's next budget." The Council and NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani "have been deadlocked over the budget" because of Giuliani's refusal to consider any changes proposed by the Council unless Vallone "abandoned his call for a public vote on the stadium issue." Steinbrenner: "Politics has driven more team from New York City than any of us care to remember. ... I do not want to move the Yankees from New York, but I must warn: [Vallone] is bringing us dangerously close." Steinbrenner's words were "the strongest he has used so far in the subject of the team's future home." Vallone responded to Steinbrenner by saying that, "Yankee Stadium is a good debate and everyone should have a say in it (N.Y. TIMES, 6/5).