Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Compare & contrast: Crowley vs. Dromm, part 1
The city Parks Department needs between $50,000 and $70,000 to begin the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, a formal process that takes at least a few months whereby the city can legally buy private property.
By law, Parks cannot take the money for ULURP from the capital fund, which is the roughly $5.5 million purse that has been set aside by borough politicians to actually purchase the land.
There are several other places where the money could come from, and [NYC Park Advocate President Geoffrey] Croft and other advocates for the park have been trying to be creative in order to secure the funds.
He has reached out to the National Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that seeks to secure parkland, as well as the City Parks Foundation, a nonprofit with a similar mission on a city level.
So far, he has heard nothing.
The money could also come from city discretionary funding given to lawmakers on a city level.
“I think honestly there has been a real reluctance and an insecurity to getting this job done on the part of the electeds,” Croft said. “They’re not as aggressive as the community wants them to be.”
The environmental consulting firm AKRF provided pro bono services that will help expedite the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) at a cost savings to the city. The ULURP process is required when the city acquires private land.
So a park advocate, and not the council member, was the one lobbying for money in the first case, where in the second case, with the same circumstances, the council member was able to get a donation from a consulting firm. Where there's a political will, there's a way.
How is it that one council member can be so successful while the other one is such a lazy fuck-up? And why does the fuck-up think she's ready for congress when she can't even handle a 1.5-acre park project?
"Queens needs strong leadership in Washington." - Elizabeth Crowley