Votes Coming Up
Crucial votes are coming up in the City Council:
Tuesday, Nov. 12
11:00 a.m. City Council Land Use Committee, City Hall, VOTE on the Kill the Park Plan.
Please attend. Bear witness. Our own Carlina Rivera is on this Committee. If the plan passes here (and, sorry, it probably will), it goes to…
Thursday, Nov. 14
1:00 p.m. Press conference, steps of City Hall. Join us with signs and your voices
1:30 p.m. City Council final VOTE on the Kill the Park Plan. Attend with 8 1/2 x 11″ signs. Bear witness.
If the plan is approved, the city will come in and roll over us and all our concerns with great big bulldozers. That’s metaphorical and literal bulldozers.
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REACH OUT TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS:
Our big march and rally to save East River Park Sept. 21 (see our blog post with details, links to news stories and photos) was effective, but we have to continue pressuring city and state officials for a better plan to give us flood protection and preserve our park.
Below is contact information. Call and email and buttonhole them when you see them. Pressure works!
City Council Member Carlina Rivera hasn’t come out against this terrible plan. HER VOTE REALLY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE! THE PARK IS IN HER DISTRICT. She called for phased construction to keep part of the park open at all times while the rest is demolished. The city said all right, but their plans are still much more destructive than necessary in the short and long term. Phased construction is just phased destruction. The city has offered the most pitiful alternate park options for the loss of parkland that will be largely a noisy construction zone. And the city has offered no interim flood protection during the years of construction. The planned five years of construction is completely unrealistic. Those are just a few of our objections.
PLEASE call and email Rivera and tell her to vote against the city’s plan – do not bury East River Park! There can be a better plan that will preserve much of our park, keep much of it open as the city installs flood walls along the FDR, and provide temporary flood protection. That’s what we need.
(212) 677-1077 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Council Member Margaret Chin hasn’t come out against this terrible plan. Her Lower East Side and Chinatown constituents live by and use and love the park. Her vote counts. Pier 42, which is a years-long wreckage just south of the park is in her district and is supposed to be made into parkland. Now it’s a concrete slab with weeds as it has been for years, even though it was supposed to be done years ago. She’s demanded a free ferry service between Corlears Hook (the south end of East River Park) and Governors Island where we can play and enjoy the water during the dismal years of construction. She has gotten NOTHING.
PLEASE call and email Chin and tell her to vote against the city’s plan – do not bury East River Park! Tell her we need her to push for interim flood protection, completion of Pier 42, and free ferry service from Corlears Hook to Governors Island.
City Council Member Keith Power’s district is north of East River Park. His constituents also use the park, and his vote counts for a lot. He is currently supporting the Kill the Park plan. Tell him why he should vote NO. 212-818-0580 CSTAT04@council.nyc.ny.us
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has been supportive. Tell her what you think: 212-669-8300, email@example.com. Nope. Scratch that. Ran into Brewer at City Hall Nov. 4 and she blew me off. “I already voted for it. I got you the independent review,” she said as she walked away.
We need Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Support!
PLEASE call and email Gov. Cuomo and tell him to advocate against the city’s plan – do not bury East River Park! Can he help us?
518-474-8390 or 518-4748093, firstname.lastname@example.org
Attorney General Letitia James doesn’t like the plan! She can exert legal pressure.
PLEASE call and email James and tell her to advocate against the city’s plan – do not bury East River Park!
1-800-771-7755 email is online at https://ag.ny.gov/contact-attorney-general-letitia-james
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