Most importantly, our local politicians are onboard and willing to put their money where their mouth is. Since $200 million has been dedicated to building the upstate Empire State Trail, our local politicians want $200 million for downstate greenways to connect our more urban communities. State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (Bronx) and Assembly Member Emily Gallagher (Williamsburg) pulled together an amazing coalition of 39 local politicians calling for these funds to help our communities. You can read the full letter here:
There are 3 names on this list that we need to call out for their tireless support of improving the greenways in our neighborhood.
Edward C. Braunstein
Assembly District 26
Ed was one of the first to partner on the Motor Parkway East project, an important stretch of greenway that would connect multiple neighborhoods. He’s been a great partner for our parks and paths. Last year he and his team were able to push the Department of Sanitation to remove a shipping container left in the protected bike lane by Oakland Land.
John C. Liu
State Senator for District 11
John came to partner with us to improve our greenways as soon as he was elected, before he even took office! He’s a long distance cyclist so he understands how local paths are designed (and should be redesigned). Last year he even rode up to Albany to vote along part of the Empire State Trail. (Connecting downstate greenways would certainly help that commute.)
Assembly District 25
Nily has been our Greenway Champion for many years (getting close to a decade). She’s worked with us to set up meetings with Parks and DoT. Recently Nily has publicly supported the protected bike lane network that CB11 later unanimously voted for. Most importantly, she’s been successfully fighting to restore the Kissena Park Velodrome, one of the few cycling racetracks left in America.
We sincerely thank everyone who signed onto this letter and we hope to continue to work with Ed, John, and Nily for many years to come. There is so much great work our community can do when it comes together.
If you want to know more about the plan for our greenway, check out the current design. If you want to make a difference, please contact your local politicans and tell them we need city, state, and federal funding to connect the greenways across New York.