Environmental Justice - At What Cost to NYC's Children?

Environmental Justice - At What Cost to NYC's Children?

Asphalt Green is a jewel of a park in Yorkville on the Upper East Side of Manhattan sitting across from the Stanley Isaacs Public Housing Complex where some 1,000 low income black and Hispanic families live.

Today 400,000 children use the park every year. Although Asphalt Green provides many of its services for a fee, one third of its programs are free to the public. 

The Park is once again fighting for its survival as Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to turn part of it into an access ramp for a dump which will be situated right next to the park.  Mayor de Blasio calls it “Environmental Justice”.  He talks of the small marine transfer station that used to exist at the site and how the predominantly white Upper East Side and how all of Manhattan must be responsible for its own garbage.

What the Mayor doesn’t talk about is the Marine Transfer Station he is building will be as large as the Empire State Building’s footprint and ten stories tall

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Please Donate to Silver Shield Foundation

Please Donate to Silver Shield Foundation

As a high school student I know that all parents worry about paying for college tuition. Please consider making a donation in the name of Office Ramos to the Silver Shield Foundation.  The Silver Shield Foundation has been helping children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty with the cost of their education. The Foundation sets aside an education fund for each surviving child to assist with tuition payments for prep school, college and university undergraduate and graduate school, vocational and technical school, and tutoring services.  

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Mr. Mayor, You Cannot Hide Behind Fences

Mr. Mayor, You Cannot Hide Behind Fences

Yesterday two NYPD police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy area were shot – assassinated was the word Police Commission Bratton used  -- while they had lunch. 

The officers, Wenjuan Liu and Rafael Ramos, both had families.  The officers were eating.  They were probably talking about their plans for the Christmas holidays.  Officer Liu was just married.  Officer Ramos had a thirteen year old son.  They were not making an arrest.  They were not pursuing a criminal.  They were eating in their patrol car.  And they were gunned down solely because the wore the uniform of the NYPD.

This morning a third NYPD officer just escaped with his life when a  man shooting out windows of apartment building in the Bronx turned his gun on the officer and  pulled the trigger at point blank range.

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