Tuesday, August 9, 2011
City short $70K for St. Saviour's acquisition
From the Times Ledger:
The city is less than $100,000 away from beginning to acquire the land for a park at the site of the old St. Saviour’s church in Maspeth.
The city Parks Department said that between $50,000 to $70,000 is needed to begin the legal process by which the city purchases land, called the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. If the city gets the money, it will begin the process, a spokeswoman said.
The funds to actually buy the land, at 57-40 58th St., are still incomplete, but since the ULURP process can take months or in some cases over a year to run its course, Maspeth activists have repeatedly asked Parks to begin the process now while the other funds trickle in.
Activists estimate that between Borough President Helen Marshall and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) there is $5.25 million allocated for the park.
In her discretionary spending for this year, Crowley allocated $1.1 million to build a new free-standing building onto the Ridgewood public library, but according to Lydon Sleeper, Crowley’s chief of staff, if some of the library money is needed to supplement the park, then it can be transferred.
Crowley’s office told TimesLedger Newspapers in early July that the entire $1.1 million sum would go toward the acquisition of the park.
So Crowley lied to a newspaper and, by extension, to her constituents? And the purpose of that was?
And yep, they're still building despite multiple stop work orders...