$2.5 million a month.

That's how much Forest City Ratner officials are claiming that they are losing on their $3.5 billion Atlantic Yards project now that it has been brought to a "screeching halt" by the removal of state attorney David Paget from the project.

A judge said that Paget's conflict of interest (he represents Ratner in other matters) had a "severe and crippling appearance of impropriety. And it does sound like that to us. But still, we keep coming back to the idea of having $2.5 million dollars, let alone $2.5 million dollars to lose a month.