The Tale of Two Annoucements: The Pedestrian Bridge
MEDIA ALERT: VCP Annoucement
PUBLIC IS NOT INVITED – Croton Filter Project Annoucement
If you are the press you are invited to a Media Event on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 2 pm on the parking Lot at Shandler Field to the announcement that various governmental entitiies will fund the Pedestrian Bridge uniting East and West in Van Cortlandt Park.
If you are the public, you are not invited, but since it is on public lands, you can attend. Well, that is at least how it sounds on the various emails that have been circulated. I know, you think I am picking on the DEP for not inviting the public to the announcement, after all, it was the DEPs project, they really wanted to do it, they had the money all along, they willingly did the cost estimate.
No wait, that’s wrong. The PUBLIC wanted the Pedestrian Bridge. Since 1999 the PUBLIC fought to get the DEP to present the Study of alternatives, and costs.
The DEP fought the project every step of the way, and even now, are only paying for PART of the project even though it was in the 1999 Mitigation package in the City Council ULURP.
Don’t forget who walked across the imaginary bridge on that rainy cold day in March 2014. IT WASN’T THE DEP ……….It was the PUBLIC.
I urge you to go if you have the free time tomorrow afternoon. These government officials work for you, not their agency. Sometimes these things are forgotten. Sometimes government officials play games.
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