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Betsy Gotbaum on Parks
Betsy Gotbaum for Public Advocate
Part 1 – Yes/No Questions
a. Will you work toward committing at least 1% of the overall city budget to the Parks Department’s expense budget over the course of your term? YES
> If so, would you dedicate revenue earned through park concessions to parks maintenance and operations, without simultaneous decreases in baseline funding? YES
b. Will you establish objective, publicly accessible maintenance standards for all park properties in all five boroughs? YES
c. Will you provide in your Mayor’s Management Report park ratings by borough and community board in addition to the citywide level? YES
> Will you make the official Parks Department “property list” that specifically delineates all 1,700 properties available online? YES
> Will you make publicly available details of the private funding that helps to maintain and operate many of our public parks? YES
a. Will you support legislation that requires regular NYPD reports to the City Council on crime in parks (ie. Intro. 470)? Yes, I am a co-sponsor of this legislation.
b. Will you work toward making parkland part of the city’s CompStat system? YES
5. Open Space/Natural Areas
Part 2 – Open Questions
a. What specific actions would you take to ensure that every park in every neighborhood has green ball fields, working water fountains and open bathrooms?
How would you fund your actions?
b. What would be your plan to move from roaming crews to fixed crews for parks maintenance?
"Fixed crews are much preferable to roaming crews in terms of park maintenance. An employee that concentrates on a single park will be much more attentive to the needs of the specific site to which she/he tends. Moving to a fixed crew maintenance system would greatly improve the condition of parks--particularly smaller, often-neglected facilities."
"In place of a full-time maintenance and operations staff, the Parks Department relies heavily upon Job Training Program (JTP) workers, many of whom are former welfare recipients whose benefit eligibility has expired. The City should provide funds to enable the Department to hire the top 10% of the Parks JTP workforce."
2. Recreation & Youth Programming
· What specific actions would you take to revitalize the recreational and amateur sports programs that have been decimated by years of budget cuts?
"I would work with local communities to identify the types of programs that could prove beneficial to individual neighborhoods and push for their creation. The Parks Dept. must provide youth and adults alike with sufficient opportunities for recreation and exercise.
I would also work to build and organize support for these programs to assure their continued existence. Crucial Parks programs should not suffer each time the City finds itself faced with a budget dilemma."
· What specific actions would you take to enable a much higher level of collaboration among the Parks Dept., Dept. of Youth & Community Development and the Dept. of Education?
· If NYC is awarded the Olympics in 2012 or 2016, what specific actions would you take to ensure that parks that are changed, altered or improved as Olympic venues are properly funded and maintained after the Olympics are finished?
4. Community Gardens
· What specific actions would you take to reduce the cost of the annual insurance premiums that community gardeners must pay?
5. Stadiums & Amateur Sports
· What specific actions would you take to require that professional sports organizations assist in maintaining and operating public parks near their facilities?
· How would you provide more multi-purpose facilities for amateur sports and recreation?
6. Waterfront Parks
· How would you improve upon recent investment in the NYC waterfront?
· What are your plans to ensure that citizens in all five boroughs have access to waterfront parks?
· How would you fund the especially costly maintenance of waterfront parks?
7. National Parks
· What steps would you take to promote the use of and access to our city’s national parks (ie. Gateway National Recreation Area, National Parks of NY Harbor)?
The City must also ensure that the solicitation of community input is an essential part of the development process. I have repeatedly criticized the Bloomberg administration for its failure to consider the views of New Yorkers regarding the development of Manhattan’s West Side."