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STEINBRENNER MAKES STRONGEST REMARKS ON TEAM'S FUTURE

          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).  

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