This is just a short brief of all the topics we are working on.
First the strike (day 135):
- Strike line is going strong. You are all so brave to stand up to this very hot weather. What a great group of people. Thanks for your inspiration.
- Workers Compensation got a hefty fine from KHRCC as they did not pay for sometime.
- Helen lost her Appeal of her eviction by her family.
- DOH has until July 11 to answer FIPNA’s inquiries from April.
Second, the park debate continues:
- People are taking petitions at the Fort Independence Park (our namesake). Please sign so we can keep our park open.
- We should all call the 50th Precinct and ask them to patrol the park after hours so our other neighbors can sleep at night and we can play in the park until dusk.
Third, construction work at Cannon and Orloff continues:
- Builder has decided to start work again. We are checking into the DOB permits and other things.
- Call your elected officials as this is important for our community as we are over whelmed by community facilities (large ones at that) and we don’t need any more big buildings (no places to park as it is).
Finally, the DEP has decided to IGNORE the EIS and do what they want. They plan to blast in the Jerome Park Reservoir.
- The DEP argument is that it is better to blast than to manually dig from the bottom up.
- Remember the Dividing wall and the rats, the busted light bulbs, the lights and work into all hours of the night? We can not go through that again.
- The three community boards are planning to hold a meeting at Lehman College around the middle of this month. We have to attend and tell them, we want a new EIS.
- If the DEP want to blast and ignore the old EIS, then they are delaying the project by requiring us to go to court. We don’t want to go to court, but if we must, then join us.
- The impact of this decision will be upon us. They plan to truck 9000 cubic yards of rock through our streets. One truck holds 20 cu yds, so that means 450 trucks, or 900 trips. They have not stated how long, but it appears to be about 10 weeks. That is 45-90 trucks per week, 9 – 18 per day, and that does not include the idling.
Stand Strong, we are with you. Together we can win anything! Time is on our side,