wow! hope its true!
- Subject: [cg] wow! hope its true!
- From: Grow19@aol.com
- Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 16:55:52 EDT
this from the NY list (our prayers are with our NY friends!!)
judy tiger, washington dc
URBAN OUTDOORS EXTRA
May 17, 2001
GARDEN LEGISLATION TO BE ANNOUNCED AT MAY 21 RALLY.
After more than a month of behind the scenes negotiation, members of the new
NYC Council will file legislation that, if passed, can protect community
gardens from development. Leading the effort on the Council side is
Councilmembers Addabo, Sanders, and Serrano. Other Council members are
reported to be signing on as sponsors. The legislation being proposed will
look much like the law that was introduced in the last Council
(www.treebranch.com) with an added stipulation that would turn the
GreenThumb program into an independent public/ private partnership to act as
a land trust for the preserved gardens.
This development has been stimulated by rumors published in the NY Times
that Mayor Bloomberg's and Attorney General Spitzer's office have been
talking about a solution that would turn many but not all of the green oases
over to an existing land trust. The filing of the legislation will be
announced at a City Hall rally scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 at 11am. The
rally was scheduled by New Yorkers for Parks to appeal for better funding of
New Yorkers who care about the future of community gardening now have to
work to get the legislation passed. Toby Brandt, who has been working on the
issue for Neighborhood Open Space Coalition suggests that in addition to
showing up at the rally, New Yorkers should call their Council members and
ask them to sign on as sponsors. To find out the name and phone number of
your Council member visit www.nypirg.org
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