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Reported crime rates are greater in areas with less greenery than in areas without green spaces.
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Daniel Gorodnick for City Council
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
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?
"I will take the initiative to work with community leaders and park advocates to take an immediate inventory of capital needs of parks. I would then aggressively allocate discretionary capital money to repair the parks as needed – and push the Parks Department to match my allocations. This is particularly critical in my Council District, which is ranked 58th of 59 community board areas in open public space. Using discretionary monies to fix parks will be a top priority for me."
"I will make funding allocations from the City’s expense budget to increase the numbers for maintenance crews, and create full-time parks maintenance staff."
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?
"We need to ensure continued city funding for recreational and amateur sports programs. Sports programs are critical for city residents and fostering a sense of community. I will look for partnership funding opportunities through the private sector – such as a sports-oriented company – to complement public funding that I am able to secure."
· 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)?
Tony Avella (Incumbent)
Candidate for City Council District 19
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."
In 2002, New York City spent only $25 per resident to operate all of its public parks.
San Francisco spent $58
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