Where the Candidates Stand

Michael Bloomberg


"My Administration is moving forward with capital projects throughout the City. In many of these cases, such as the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Highline, and the new park to be created as a part of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg rezoning, we have established dedicated funding mechanisms and comprehensive maintenance plans. Many smaller scale renovations of existing facilities can be adequately maintained by existing staff and do not need formal plans for funding and maintenance. In addition, the Parks Department is also utilizing more cost-effective design methods in our new capital projects, such as synthetic turf for new and renovated ball fields."

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Fernando Ferrer


"It is important to create livable open spaces but that requires that anyone serious about parks to do three things. One, re-circulate approximately 50 million dollars of concession funding right back into the maintenance of parks. Second, have minimum staffing levels and maintenance levels for every park in every community district in every borough. Third, have a completely transparent and on going review of our parks, so that everyone in every neighborhood can not only see the condition of their parks, but be part of the constituency for better parks in every community."

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Thomas Ognibene


"There’s no park that should be abandoned, every park should be rehabilitated and people should have some input in it, because parks are the real thing that I think brings us close to our community."

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Submitted by Anonymous on October 27, 2005 - 1:20pm.

Capital. My God. This is money he's borrowing from my daughter. What about th DAY-TO-DAY maintenance? Typical Republican: Borrow and Squander.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 26, 2005 - 4:53pm.

An additional $50 million per year would allow the Parks Department to effectively DOUBLE (from 2005 staff levels) all of the follow staff positions: Urban Park Rangers (to 168) , Recreation Directors (up to 18), Climbers & Pruners (up to 74), Gardeners & Assistant Gardeners (up to 50), Foresters (up to 28), City Parks Workers (up to 1068), Parks Services Workers (up to14), Maintenance Workers (up to 30), Plumbers and Electricians (up to 48).