Where the Candidates Stood

Parks1 asked all candidates a series of parks-related questions. We have posted the complete answers from candidates who responded. Click "Full Parks Positions" next to each candidate to read his or her vision for our parks.

You can also learn which candidates have taken our Parks1 Pledge. The best way to convince more candidates to pledge is to get more New Yorkers to sign the plea for parks.

Pledge

Mayor

Anthony Gronowicz

Anthony Gronowicz has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I would appoint professionals, not political appointees, to oversee parks."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"All budgets are about priorities and parks are one of mine."

full parks positions »

to support Parks1.

C. Virginia Fields

C. Virginia Fields has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I would treat parks maintenance as an economic development issue and give it the high priority that job creation deserves."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Christopher X. Brodeur

Christopher X. Brodeur has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I've planned more park space than the prior 108 mayors COMBINED, from planting more greenery on every single sidewalk in the five boroughs to my plans to put rooftop gardens on most roofs in NYC!"

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Fernando Ferrer

Fernando Ferrer has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I support dedicating revenue that is raised by Parks concessions to ensure that there are beautiful parks in every neighborhood."

full parks positions »

to support Parks1.

Gifford Miller

Gifford Miller has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"My parks plan will target funding to the most unkempt and dangerous parks to ensure that every borough has high quality park space"

full parks positions »

to support Parks1.

Michael R. Bloomberg (Incumbent)

Michael R. Bloomberg (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I also agree that making sure that our parks have the funding they need to be maintained properly is important, and I am committed to this goal."

full parks positions »

to support Parks1.

Tom Ognibene

Tom Ognibene has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"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."

to support Parks1.

Public Advocate

Andrew Rasiej

Andrew Rasiej has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Every day, thousands of civic-minded individuals and organizations in hundreds of neighborhoods selflessly work to clean up our parks, improve our schools, care for neighbors, and strengthen our communities."

for supporting Parks1.

Betsy Gotbaum (Incumbent)

Betsy Gotbaum (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"The parks belong to the people of New York."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Norman Siegel

Norman Siegel has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I have signed this pledge because I am committed to revitalizing our city’s parks in all five boroughs, and because I recognize that New York City parks are woefully underfunded." [See full letter]

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Manhattan Borough President

Adriano Espaillat (Assembly Member)

Adriano Espaillat (Assembly Member) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Ft. Tryon Park Project, which will consist of the reconstruction of steps, paths, pavements and plazas proves Assembly Member Espaillat is a frequent user of the park and recognizes the importance of revitalizing green space and providing for its development."

for supporting Parks1.

Bill Perkins (City Council Member)

Bill Perkins (City Council Member) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Parks, libraries, and cultural institutions are our urban treasures."

for supporting Parks1.

Brian Ellner

Brian Ellner has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Parks are New Yorkers backyards and in need of more funding – particularly funding that doesn't fluctuate from year to year."

for supporting Parks1.

Carlos Manzano

Carlos Manzano has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Identify events and activities that all three agencies are conducting in the same neighborhoods on specific weeks so that we can create a stronger and more effective grassroots outreach to those communities."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Eva Moskowitz (City Council Member)

Eva Moskowitz (City Council Member) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"The Parks Department should put New Yorkers’ for Parks report cards on its website so that anyone who wants to can assess the state of our city parks."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Keith Wright (Assembly Member)

Keith Wright (Assembly Member) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 
Margarita Lopez (City Council Member)

Margarita Lopez (City Council Member) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"As Manhattan Borough President, I will utilize the office’s bully pulpit to call for citizen’s rights to access to our waterfront and will work with the City Council to ensure such a legislative mandate."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Scott Stringer (Assembly Member)

Scott Stringer (Assembly Member) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I will advocate for additional city funding and concession revenue to be devoted to park maintenance."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Stan Michels

Stan Michels has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"As a member of the City Council for more than two decades, I was Manhattan’s strongest proponent of parks funding."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Bronx Borough President

Adolfo Carrion, Jr. (Incumbent)

Adolfo Carrion, Jr. (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 

Brooklyn Borough President

Gloria Mattera

Gloria Mattera has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"The highest rates of childhood obesity are in the areas of Central Brooklyn, East and Central Harlem and the South Bronx. Since these areas have the least amount of parks and recreational facilities, dedicated funds must be made available to increase and improve public green space for the benefit of our children’s long term health."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Marty Markowitz (Incumbent)

Marty Markowitz (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 

Queens Borough President

Helen Marshall (Incumbent)

Helen Marshall (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

Staten Island Borough President

James P. Molinaro (Incumbent)

James P. Molinaro (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 
John Luisi

John Luisi has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I’ve spent countless hours enjoying Staten Island’s parks since my childhood. And now I do the same with my son. That’s why I’ve been involved with New Yorkers for Parks as a community leader!"

for supporting Parks1.

City Council

  >>  District 01

Alan J. Gerson (Incumbent)

Alan J. Gerson (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 02

Brian Kavanagh

Brian Kavanagh has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Our city needs to find the funds necessary to keep our parks clean and safe, without privatization, and to provide needed facilities like playgrounds, public seating, and dog runs." [Additional Quote]

for supporting Parks1.

Christopher Papajohn

Christopher Papajohn has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Darren Bloch

Darren Bloch has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Gur Tsabar

Gur Tsabar has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Rosie Mendez

Rosie Mendez has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"If the Parks Department was unable to maintain the parks in my district properly due to funding, I would work to provide a portion of the councilmanic funds for park development as well as advocate for more park funding."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 03

Christine C. Quinn (Incumbent)

Christine C. Quinn (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 04

Daniel Garodnick

Daniel Garodnick has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I will take the initiative to work with community leaders and park advocates to take an immediate inventory of capital needs of parks."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Jack Lester

Jack Lester has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"We must protect scarce open space, air, light and parkland."

for supporting Parks1.

Meryl Brodsky

Meryl Brodsky has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"The connection between academic health and physical health and activity couldn’t be more important."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 05

Dan Quart

Dan Quart has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"The Manhattan-side Tram station is in deplorable condition. As your City Councilmember, I will compel the Parks Department to refurbish the station."

for supporting Parks1.

Ed Price

Ed Price has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Jessica Lappin

Jessica Lappin has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Recently, Manhattan opened a bike path that circumnavigates the island along the waterfront. I would work with my colleagues in the City Council to create a citywide plan for all New Yorkers to enjoy... I would work to increase the maintenance budget of the Parks Department."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 06

Gale Brewer (Incumbent)

Gale Brewer (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 07

Robert Jackson (Incumbent)

Robert Jackson (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 08

John Ruiz

John Ruiz has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Joyce S. Johnson

Joyce S. Johnson has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"[I] will fight tirelessly...to secure the necessary funding to maintain safe and useable parks with recreational activities and after school programs."

for supporting Parks1.

Melissa Mark Viverito

Melissa Mark Viverito has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Phil Reed (Term-limited)

Phil Reed (Term-limited) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I think it is ridiculous that we spend less than 1% of the city's budget on parks."

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 09

Cynthia Doty

Cynthia Doty has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Keeping all our parks open, safe, and in good working condition must be a priority for our city government."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Inez Dickens

Inez Dickens has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

Our district house one of the largest bus depots in the City and local residents of the area face an alarmingly high rate of respiratory diseases.

to support Parks1.
Rodney Carroll

Rodney Carroll has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Yasmin Cornelius

Yasmin Cornelius has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"As City Councilwoman, I will support increasing the budget of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to 1% of the total City budget."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 10

Miguel Martinez (Incumbent)

Miguel Martinez (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 11

G. Oliver Koppell (Incumbent)

G. Oliver Koppell (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Increased funding from the general tax revenue can be used to help move from roaming crews to fixed crews."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 12

Larry Seabrook (Incumbent)

Larry Seabrook (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 13

James Vacca

James Vacca has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"By trying to allow the Parks Department to keep much of its concession revenue and supporting the concept of 1% expense budget funding for Parks, I hope to reduce the dependence on 'roaming crews'."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Madeline T. Provenzano (Term-limited)

Madeline T. Provenzano (Term-limited) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 14

Maria Baez (Incumbent)

Maria Baez (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 

  >>  District 15

Joel Rivera (Incumbent)

Joel Rivera (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 16

Helen D. Foster (Incumbent)

Helen D. Foster (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Funds raised by parks concessions should remain with the Parks Department, including use for parks that have no concessions."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 17

Maria del Carmen Arroyo (Incumbent)

Maria del Carmen Arroyo (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 18

Annabel Palma (Incumbent)

Annabel Palma (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 19

Tony Avella (Incumbent)

Tony Avella (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"During each and every budget negotiation that I have been involved in since my election, I have advocated for additional funding for park maintenance."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 20

John Liu (Incumbent)

John Liu (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 21

Hiram Monserrate (Incumbent)

Hiram Monserrate (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 22

Peter Vallone, Jr. (Incumbent)

Peter Vallone, Jr. (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Having spent a good deal of time in the park growing up, I am aware how important Astoria Park is to the community."

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 23

David Weprin (Incumbent)

David Weprin (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 24

James F. Gennaro (Incumbent)

James F. Gennaro (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I support requiring each capital parks project be accompanied by a plan for ongoing maintenance/funding."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Renee Lobo

Renee Lobo has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Our waterfront are part of the public common and we should explore ways to incorporate the best designs and practices to make them beautiful and accessible to all."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 25

Brian Pu-Folkes

Brian Pu-Folkes has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"I want to work with each of you to fight...for playgrounds which are truly family-friendly."

for supporting Parks1.

Helen Sears (Incumbent)

Helen Sears (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 26

Eric N. Gioia (Incumbent)

Eric N. Gioia (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"We're not just investing in a park, we're investing in a neighborhood."

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 27

Leroy Comrie (Incumbent)

Leroy Comrie (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 28

Allan W. Jennings, Jr. (Incumbent)

Allan W. Jennings, Jr. (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 
Lawrence McClean

Lawrence McClean has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 29

Melinda Katz (Incumbent)

Melinda Katz (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 30

Dennis Gallagher (Incumbent)

Dennis Gallagher (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"The heart and soul of my district would probably be the parks that are in my community."

to support Parks1.

  >>  District 31

James Sanders Jr. (Incumbent)

James Sanders Jr. (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 32

Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (Incumbent)

Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"New York is a huge city with just a little green space. We must fight to protect, and properly fund, what we have."

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 33

David Yassky (Incumbent)

David Yassky (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 34

Diana Reyna (Incumbent)

Diana Reyna (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 35

Letitia James (Incumbent)

Letitia James (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"We stand for "the commons" -- all the creations of society and nature that we inherit jointly and hold in trust for future generations."

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 36

Albert Vann (Incumbent)

Albert Vann (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 37

Erik Martin Dilan (Incumbent)

Erik Martin Dilan (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 38

David Galarza

David Galarza has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Edward Rodriguez

Edward Rodriguez has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"If the mayor doesn't want to listen, we can take it to the streets."

for supporting Parks1.

Sarah M. Gonzalez (Incumbent)

Sarah M. Gonzalez (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 39

Bill de Blasio (Incumbent)

Bill de Blasio (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"If we are serious about supporting our children we have to fund our parks with the same consistency we would our schools and our libraries."

for supporting Parks1.

  >>  District 40

Yvette Clarke (Incumbent)

Yvette Clarke (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 41

Joseph Young

Joseph Young has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Pamela M. Junior

Pamela M. Junior has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

"Community Gardens need to fully fall under the umbrella of the NYC Parks Departments."

full parks positions »

for supporting Parks1.

Tracy L. Boyland (Term-limited)

Tracy L. Boyland (Term-limited) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 

  >>  District 42

Charles Barron (Incumbent)

Charles Barron (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 43

Pat Russo

Pat Russo has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 
Vincent J. Gentile (Incumbent)

Vincent J. Gentile (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 44

Simcha Felder (Incumbent)

Simcha Felder (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 

  >>  District 45

Kendall Stewart (Incumbent)

Kendall Stewart (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 46

Lewis A. Fidler (Incumbent)

Lewis A. Fidler (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 

  >>  District 47

Domenic M. Recchia, Jr (Incumbent)

Domenic M. Recchia, Jr (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 

  >>  District 48

Michael C. Nelson (Incumbent)

Michael C. Nelson (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 

  >>  District 49

Michael McMahon (Incumbent)

Michael McMahon (Incumbent) has pledged to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

for supporting Parks1.

 

  >>  District 50

James S. Oddo (Incumbent)

James S. Oddo (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 

  >>  District 51

Andrew J. Lanza (Incumbent)

Andrew J. Lanza (Incumbent) has NOT signed the pledge to make New York City's parks #1 in the nation.

to support Parks1. 
Sign the Plea