In August, The Municipal Art Society of New York sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to veto two bills that would strip an East Harlem park of its legal protections and pave the way for it to be redeveloped as a 68-story residential tower. The Governor is expected to decide this week whether to sign these bills, which would set a dangerous precedent for the alienation of parkland city-wide. We need your help! MAS is grateful to our colleagues at the Trust for Public Land and New Yorkers for Parks for helping to raise the alarm about these bills and their potential impact.
Here’s What You Can Do:
Call Governor Cuomo’s Office Today
When prompted, press (1) to leave a message
Talking points: I urge Governor Cuomo to veto S.6721 and A.8419, two bills that significantly undermine New York State’s rigorous park alienation rules. Removing the protections for East Harlem’s Marx Brothers Playground would dispossess a community that is already underserved by open space and set a dangerous precedent for parks city-wide. I hope you will reject this effort to pit housing and open space against one another. New York is expected to grow by more than 500,000 residents in the next twenty years—to be a healthy, thriving city, we need more parkland and more housing.
Help Us Spread the Word Use social media, email, and good old conversation to tell your neighbors, friends, family, and colleagues that this is happening. It’s not too late to have our voices heard.