From the Daily News:
A long-anticipated deal to acquire new park land in Jackson Heights is imminent, officials close to the talks told the Daily News.
The city has been negotiating with the Garden School for more than a year to buy the private school’s roughly 29,000-square-foot yard to expand Travers Park.
The park is one of the few open spaces in the congested area.
Joshua Laird, an assistant commissioner at the city Parks Department, said this has been a complicated multi-million dollar agreement to reach.
It involves a provision to allow Garden to use the yard exclusively during school hours, he said.
The land would be open to the public after 4 p.m. on weekdays, on weekends and in the summer.
It also involves a non-city loan to tide the school over until the city hands over a check, he said.
Before money changes hands, the property must first undergo a land-use review, which is expected to take about a year.
Hmmm...it seems that the City will move mountains to get parkland in Queens for the right communities and for the right elected officials. I guess the excuses given by Crowley in Maspeth (St. Saviour's) and Halloran in Whitestone (CYO fields) as well as the Parks Dept, that these deals would be "too costly" or "too complicated" are just flat out bullshit excuses. Thank you, Danny Dromm, for revealing the truth. I may not agree with your politics most of the time, but you delivered for your community, didn't back down, and didn't take an easy way out and try to pass it off as a victory.
There is no excuse for an elected official to do anything less than fight for what their communities need and there is no excuse when they give up. Well, that is, unless they're corrupt and/or totally inept, which may just be the case in Maspeth and Whitestone.