Sunday, June 9, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposes a renewable energy hub on Rikers Island
The future of Rikers Island is being debated and discussed.
A judge, reform advocates, and the City of New York have said the jail facility needs to be fixed because of its design, location and history.
A proposal from the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to replace Rikers with 4 borough-based community jails is in the first phase of public hearings.
What will happen to the 413 acres that make up the actual island?
The possibilities are endless.
A town hall with the theme "Renewable Rikers" was held on Thursday in Jackson Heights.
Council Member Costa Constantinides, U.S Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, State Senator Jessica Ramos, Assembly Member Catalina Cruz, and Council Member Daniel Dromm spoke about environmental and green options for the location.
A panel of environmental experts and criminal justice stakeholders was introduced to talk about their experiences and possible plans.
Professor Rebecca Bratspies, founding director at CUNY Law School’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform, moderated the panel.
This is too far gone now. The city does not want to hear from the communities of where they want to place the tower jails, which were all rejected by them over a week ago. The shutdown looks even more cynical now that Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is using her political and viral celebrity status to advocate for and tying the green new deal to it while spouting platitudes and marketing solar paneling.