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Join Our Call: 50 New PEP Officers Should be Made Permanent

Submitted by George on August 31, 2005 - 12:01pm.
PEP Officers

On the steps of City Hall, Parks1 was joined by several prominent parks advocates to applaud the hiring of 50 new Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) Officers, and to call for these positions to be made permanent. Mark Rosenthal, President of Local 983, representatives of DC 37 Union Members which represents the PEP Officers, and Council Members Hiram Monserrate, Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., John Liu, and Margarita Lopez were in attendance.

The Mayor and the City Council added an additional $2 million to the Parks Department’s budget this year to hire the 50 new Officers. However, there is currently no guarantee that the $2 million will be given to parks in future years.

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The New York Times Endorses Even More Parks1 Candidates

Submitted by George on August 29, 2005 - 11:44am.

“Among his top priorities would be to reduce pollution and expand public green spaces, both important goals for a district with high rates of asthma.”

Times on the Parks
Expanding public green spaces to reduce asthma rates? Sounds like a line off of the Parks1 website. In fact, it is a line from The New York Times’ recent endorsement of Brian Pu-Folkes, candidate for City Council in District 25.
On Sunday, in the Time’s second round of City endorsements, the editorial board threw its support behind more Parks1 candidates. In addition to Pu-Folkes, the Times endorsed Assemblyman Scott Stringer for Manhattan Borough President and James Vacca for City Council District 13.
These three candidates, along with the five the Times endorsed last week, have all signed the Parks1 Pledge, proving that they consider parks a priority.

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The New York Times Endorses Parks1 Candidates

Submitted by George on August 23, 2005 - 6:21pm.
Times on the Parks
The New York Times recently endorsed candidates for Manhattan’s open City Council seats. The five candidates: Gur Tsabar (District 2), Daniel Garodnick (District 4), Jessica Lappin (District 5), Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8) and Yasmin Cornelius (District 9) all proved to the Time’s editorial board that their policies are the best for the city of New York.

We don't pick favorites, but we can't help notice something about these candidates. There is one thing their policy stances all have in common. Each of them has signed the Parks1 Pledge, proving that they consider parks a priority.

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NYLCV to Hold Manhattan Borough President Forum

Submitted by George on August 4, 2005 - 4:18pm.

The Parks1 Mayoral Forum may be over but there is another event -- “Meet the Candidates for Manhattan Borough President” -- that the The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) is hosting on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 from 8:00 am until 10:00 a.m. at Baruch College, Third floor, Room 301, 135 East 22nd street. Each candidate will have an opportunity to present their environmental platform and vision for the upcoming election, as well as take some questions from the audience.

Gifford Miller Takes Another Step to Help Our City's Parks

Submitted by George on July 10, 2005 - 4:11pm.

Speaker Gifford Miller was an integral part of a success for parks last week when the City Council allocated $2.4 million in new money to our parks, playgrounds, beaches and open spaces. On Saturday, the Speaker further proved his support for parks during his press conference at Harlem River Drive Park in East Harlem. The Speaker described to the group of reporters and local residents the first step he will take to help parks if he is elected mayor:

"I will put an additional $10 million into the Parks Department’s operating budget and $25 million into its capital budget in order to reclaim 100 of the worst cared for parks throughout the city. Safe and green parks are at the heart of every neighborhood, and the neglected parks deserve our help."

Council Member Foster Calls on Mayor to Respond to Times Article

Submitted by George on July 8, 2005 - 3:59pm.

From the New York Sun

A City Council member from the Bronx who is the chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Committee, Helen Foster, called upon the Mayor to publicly respond to the comments made by the Parks Commissioner and reported in the New York Times. The article reported the Commissioner said it would be "a waste of money" to actively maintain a 3.3-acre strip on the Bronx shore of the Harlem River, University Woods.

Helen Foster
Helen Foster

Ms. Foster told The New York Sun yesterday that Mr. Benepe's remarks were "out of touch and out of line." According to Ms. Foster, the Bronx's double-digit un-employment and high HIV rates have distracted city officials' attention from qualitiey-of-life issues such as parks. She said that her committee would hold hearings this fall to investigate whether park funding is distributed equally across the five boroughs.

A Parks Department spokesman, Warner Johnston, declined to respond to Ms. Foster's comments, but said that the city's parks "are cleaner and safer than ever before"

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