Next East River Park ACTION meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m., Sixth St. Community Center, 638 E. 6th St., (between B&C). Prepare for Subcommittee vote to move the flood control plan to the full City Council. Prepare for the City Council vote ACTION. Prepare for legal ACTION.
Sign our online petition
Amy Berkov sent this link. You have an opportunity to comment on the city’s plans. It’s worth the slog because it will be part of the public record, and it’s another way to state our reasoned objections:
DEADLINE: Oct 15, 5 pm Responses to the Final Environmental Impact Statement can be submitted at the link from: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/escr/progress/environmental-review.page
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. And the planned 3 1/2 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.
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 and completion of Pier 42.
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
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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