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Fwd: CYBERGARDENS: From New Yorkers for Parks" Settlement Saves Gardens But F...

  • Subject: [cg] Fwd: CYBERGARDENS: From New Yorkers for Parks" Settlement Saves Gardens But F...
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002 13:25:24 EDT

Friends,

This is the New Yorkers for Parks take on the community garden settlement. 
Unfortunately, it's right on target.  We have much work to do, yet, and 
again, thank you for all of your support:

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  • Subject: CYBERGARDENS: From New Yorkers for Parks" Settlement Saves Gardens But Fails to Provide Meaningful Protection & Process
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com
  • Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 18:14:23 -0400
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From: Stephanie Elson of New Yorkers For Parks [mailto:selson@ny4p.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2002 5:54 PM
 
Subject: Settlement Saves Gardens But Fails to Provide Meaningful
Protrection & Process 



> Settlement Saves Gardens 
> but Fails to Provide Meaningful Protection & Process 
> 
> Mayor Bloomberg and New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
> announced the settlement of a three-year lawsuit that identifies hundreds
> of gardens to be saved and others developed into affordable housing. The
> lawsuit was filed in May 1999 by Attorney General Spitzer to stop former
> Mayor Giuliani from auctioning the 700 community gardens to developers.  
> 
>  "This settlement demonstrates that city officials recognize the
> importance of open space by preserving hundreds of gardens; however, it
> fails to permanently protect these sites and does not set up a meaningful
> process for creating new gardens," said Christian DiPalermo, Executive
> Director of New Yorkers for Parks, a coalition of civic, greening,
> recreation and economic development organizations that serves as an
> independent watchdog for the people of New York and their parks.
> 
> Nearly 200 of the 700 community gardens will be developed into housing
> sites, according to the settlement.  Future sites will go through a
> "Garden Review Process." 
> The review process specified in the settlement lacks teeth, according to
> NY4P. The review process fails to identify what agencies will be included
> and / or the extent of gardener involvement. 
> 
> NY4P commends the settlement for continuing the Green Thumb Program;
> however, it would like to see a greater commitment by the city to ensure
> the existence of this valuable program.  The settlement states that the
> Green Thumb Program, which cares for many gardens, will remain in
> existence as long as there are city funds for the Program. The Program can
> be given notice and closed within 60 days.   
> 

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