RE: ACGA Conference in NYC-Early bird deadline May 1
- Subject: RE: [cg] ACGA Conference in NYC-Early bird deadline May 1
- From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
- Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 18:31:44 -0400
Not only will this be a tremendous ACGA conference, as President Ellen Kirby
says, but your presence here as community gardeners, WILL be noticed by the
government of the State & City of New York and all those politicians who
think that gardeners don't count.
This is NOT the era when former Mayor Rudy Giuliani could cavalierly tell
the Grammy Awards to take a hike, saying that we'd " make up those few
millions in a walk." Mr. Giuliani, as you may know has taken a walk, we
have a new mayor, Mr. Bloomberg who is looking very carefully at the
cost/benefit ratio of everything - including community gardens. That a few
hundred of us will be camping out very peacefully at Columbia University and
environs, taking in the sites, spending money, and bearing witness is a very
good thing for this city and for it's community gardens.-
Alot of folks are out of work here because of the double whammy of September
11th and that "recession thing" .
The city is looking at a 5 Billion Dollar budget gap.
Yes, that's Billion with a "B".
I know that you guys aren't Rockefellers, but your being here will help -
In keeping with my usual tradition of information overkill, I've added a
little e-mail from NYC's Independent Budget Office for your reading pleasure
to show you what it's like being 5 Billion short.
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From: "Doug Turetsky" <DougT@ibo.nyc.ny.us>
To: "IBOenews" <IBOenews@ibo.nyc.ny.us>
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 2:19 PM
Subject: IBO REPORT ON BUDGET OPTIONS FOR THE CITY
> NEW FROM IBO
> "Budget Options For New York City" examines nearly three dozen potential
> cost savings and revenue raising measures to help the city close its $5
> billion budget shortfall. The options analyzed range from raising personal
> income or property taxes to reopening Fresh Kills to lowering municipal
> labor costs. IBO provides its own calculations of the anticipated savings
> revenue from each of the measures reviewed, and also includes a set of
> and cons" for undertaking these measures.
> This 43-page report is the first in what will be an ongoing series of
> volumes on budget options for the city. The inclusion of an option in this
> report should not be considered an endorsement by IBO.
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From: Kirby, Ellen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 1:52 PM
Subject: [cg] ACGA Conference in NYC-Early bird deadline May 1
I hope everyone has the terrific brochure on the upcoming conference in NYC,
July 25-28. We are really looking forward to all the good energy coming to
NYC from around the world. Don't miss it!
A few announcements and reminders:
--The deadline for early bird, reduced rate registrations is May 1! If you
can't register by May 1, please do so as soon thereafter as possible. It
helps the planning committee a lot to know how many of you will be here.
--Deadline for housing reservations at Columbia Univ.(the best deal in town)
is June 15).
--The Planning Committee has just confirmed that Karen Hobbs, former ACGA
board member and well known community garden activist,will be our closing
keynote speaker. This is a great addition to the program brochure.
--If you don't have the program registration forms, you can download them
from our ACGA website www.communitygarden.org
--The planning committee, co-chaired by Edie Stone and Brian Sahd, have been
working around the clock to provide wonderful opportunities for learning,
touring, networking and feeling great about community gardening and NYC.
Working with Edie and Brian are the leaders of many of the greening groups
in NYC. Gerard Lordahl has tirelessly provided ACGA board linkage to the
--The ACGA conference is our primary program in ACGA; if you've attended you
certainly know that. If you are new to ACGA and/or community gardening,
break your neck to come. For New York, your presence here will be a sign to
our city that community gardeners are indeed a strong force for renewal.
ACGA conferences are great staff development opportunities if you have to
convince your organization of the worthwhile nature of attending. And the
people are just about the nicest you will ever meet.
--Thanks also to everyone who is leading a workshop or helping in any way.
This conference takes lots of time and energy.
Best and Happy Spring,
Ellen Kirby, President
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