Hudson River Park, is deteriorating and the government has refused to pay for the repairs which has created a mess. (Photos: Richard Perry/The New York Times
The press release stated that the local elected officials were united in opposing a General Project Plan (GPP) that would silence the community's voice. Six officials - Congressman Jerry Nadler, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, State Senator Brad Hoylman, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Councilmember Corey Johnson wrote to both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio on May 1st, spelling out their strong opposition.
"A GPP would completely usurp local zoning and local input from the community and is in no way condoned by the Hudson River Park Act," the release states.
"It is the same land use procedure that brought the Barclays Center to the Atlantic Yards, despite widespread disapproval from that community."
The release also included a letter (below) elected officials sent more than two weeks ago outlining their unified opposition to any such plan.
"There was no response from the Cuomo Administration to this letter. Apparently, they felt a NY Times article would suffice in alerting the community and their elected representatives to what they should expect. Active engagement by the local community may not be preferable to the developer, but it is an important process, by which all voices are heard, and is the hallmark of democracy."
A deal to develop the St. John’s Terminal Building, left, could fund the repairs at Pier 40.