Fall 2002, p.2

Committee News

Work with T.A.'s professional staff to make a difference in your part
of the city. Whether you are a good talker, artist, letter-writer or just a concerned citizen, T.A.'s advocacy committees need you.


Brooklyn Committee

Committee Chair: Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
Meets: Third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm at a location TBD. See Calendar, p. 26. Send us ideas for meeting spots.
Contact:
Web Site: transalt.org/Brooklyn and carfreeprospectpark.org
E-mail: Brooklyn@transalt.org
List serve: Brooklyn-list-subscribe@topica.com
Advocacy Campaigns:

Updates:

  • Car-Free Prospect Park: Brooklyn T.A. staged a successful Halloween rally in Prospect Park. Members marched for a three month car-free trial and an extension of the Summer Hours to year round.
  • Brooklyn Hazard ID: The crack squad is now checking up on how many potholes and road hazards have been fixed and will report its findings to the DOT.

Other:

Contact the committee if you are interested in being a part of a sub-committee participating in the South Brooklyn Transportation Study.

Visit the Brooklyn Committee Web site.


Bronx Committee

Committee Chair: Rich Gans
Meets: Once every two or three months. See T.A. Calendar, p. 26.
Contact:
E-mail: Bronx@transalt.org 
Call: 718-653-2203

Goals:

  • re-open the Highbridge bridge, a pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Harlem River.
  • reinstate car-free sundays on the Grand Concourse.
  • win a new segment of the Hudson River Greenway in Riverdale Park.
  • pedestrian and cycling safety improvements.

Car-Free Central Park Committee

Committee Chair: Ken Coughlin
Meets: Regular petitioning in park, occasional meetings. Check www.car-freecentralpark.org.
Contact:
Web Site: www.car-freecentralpark.org 
E-mail: CentralPark@transalt.org 
List serve: Centralpark-subscribe@topica.com

Goals:

  • collect 100,000 signatures on our petition to City Hall.
  • Win a three month trial closing of the park to traffic.
  • reach out to community groups.

Updates:

  • In October, the petition drive passed 43,000-signatures.
  • The car-free central park campaign's petition effort will continue over the fall and winter as weather and scheduling permit. If you know of an upcoming special event where we should petition, e-mail us at centralpark@transalt.org 
  • We had a presence at a panel discussion on "an investigation into New York's parks politics," Tuesday Nov. 12 at the New York Public Library. Panelists included Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

Visit the Car-Free Central Park Web site.


Gowanus Expressway Task Force

Committee Chair: Michael Cairl, Gowanus Community Stakeholder Group Vice-President
Contact: Gowanus@transalt.org
Goal: