Name: Frank Todisco
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
T.A. member since: Since 1991
Volunteer activites: Car-Free Central Park Campaign; and tabling at
How did you get involved with T.A.?
I met Ken Coughlin (CFCP organizer) on a bike ride a few years ago and he told
me about the Car-Free Central Park (CFCP) campaign. Several months later I
gave him a call to get involved.
Why are you so interested in the CFCP campaign?
I live near the park and use the park a lot. I run, bike, walk, and sit in the
park and find it mind-boggling to be there and have cars whizzing by.
So you decided to do something about it?
Yes. I started by contacting recreational clubs I belong to, such as the New
York Flyers (a running club) to try and get them to endorse the CFCP campaign
and spread information about it to club members. I also help get names for the
CFCP petition in the park. Last summer we collected 10000 signatures.
What does CFCP plan to do with the signatures?
Our goal is to present the petitions to the next mayor of New York. It is an
election year in NYC, and we are very excited about injecting this issue into
the mayoral campaign. It has become clear that we do not have an opportunity
under the current mayor to advance this issue any further. So we have been
working hard on the CFCP campaign to present a proposal to the next mayor. I
recently posed the question of car-free Central and Prospect Parks to Alan
Hevesi at a mayoral forum and he responded that he would support a 3-month
trial period for both parks. I will be posing the question to the other mayor
candidates at upcoming forums.
Any other CFCP pressure points?
Yes, the campaign recently met with the police Central Park Precinct to
discuss speed enforcement, and more timely closing of the entrance gates which
prevent cars entering the park during car-free hours. We have also met with
elected and appointed officials to try and win their support. The CFCP
campaign is looking for more volunteers to help, especially now in the
city-wide election year.
How do they get in touch?
Interested people can call the T.A. office 212-629-8080 or e-mail CentralPark@transalt.org.
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