Brooklyn Democrat James Brennan is the new chairman of the New York State Assembly’s Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions, the Assembly announced last week.

Brennan replaces Richard Brodsky, who left the Legislature last year after an unsuccessful run for attorney general. Brennan was frequently involved in hearings inquiring into the controversial Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn that includes a basketball arena and which faced court challenges over the state’s use of eminent domain on behalf of a private ­developer.

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