June 25 - City Council Hearing on Bill to Limit Construction Noise Near Schools

City Council to Hold Hearing on Levine Bill to Limit Construction Noise Near Schools


MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, June 25, 2015

CONTACT: Tyrone Stevens 917-842-5748 / tstevens@council.nyc.gov

NEW YORK -- On June 25, 2015 the Committee on Environmental Protection Chaired by Council Member Donovan Richards will hold a hearing on Intro 420, a bill sponsored by City Council Member Mark Levine that would require mitigation of construction noise near schools. The bill would require noise from construction sites within 75 feet of any public or private school to not exceed 45 decibels (dBs) in any classroom during school operating hours. Currently, Intro 420 has more than 20 co-sponsors and has the support of concerned parents, as well as numerous health, legal and noise experts across the city.

Since 2011, construction has disrupted learning at more than 10 NYC public schools impacting more than 6,000 students. Right now, PS 75 and PS 163--elementary schools each serving more than 600 children on the Upper West Side--and the School of the Future, a well regarded middle and high school serving more than 700 students, all face the possibility of future years of loud and dangerous construction next door to their buildings. In 2014 alone, there were at least 880 individual schools located both within 100 feet of a tax lot containing a Building Permit and within 100 feet of a Noise Complaint during school hours.

What: Committee on Environmental Protection hearing on Intro 420 that would require noise from construction sites within 75 feet of any public or private school to not exceed 45 decibels (dBs) in any classroom during school operating hours.

When: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 1pm

Where: Committee Room, City Hall

Who: Council Member Levine, Members of the Council Committee on Environmental Protection, medical, legal and noise experts, education advocates and concerned parents



Contact: Joel Kupferman, Esq. 917-414-1983 / joel@nyenvirolaw.org
Martin Rosenblatt 212-677-7729 / martinrosenblatt@hotmail.com

(April 13, 2015, NYC)

Nine residents of the Park West Village neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan have filed a lawsuit against the New York State Health Department to prevent it from giving approval to Jewish Home Lifecare (JHL) to construct a twenty-story nursing home on a parking lot on West 97th Street. The lawsuit challenges the Department’s handling of a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) proceeding, which was initiated after significant amounts of lead and other toxins were found at the proposed site.

The petitioners include two mothers, their minor children, six senior citizens, and other residents of the Park West Village neighborhood who live in buildings adjacent to the proposed site and will be exposed to toxic dust, excessive noise, and delayed emergency responses if the proposed project is allowed to move forward. Many of the petitioners have health conditions that will be harmed by the release of lead and other toxins from the proposed construction site, which also abuts elementary school P.S. 163.

The lawsuit was filed on April 9, 2015, in the New York County Supreme Court by Joel Kupferman, a highly regarded environmental attorney and Executive Director of the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project. The suit seeks an order vacating the environmental review conducted by the New York State Health Department, and an injunction against the Department to prevent it from granting any approval for the proposed project until the State has complied with the requirements of the SEQR law and the Public Health Law. The suit contends that the Department failed to comply with the law by not taking a “hard look” at the environmental dangers posed by the project, and by not presenting a “reasoned elaboration” for its conclusions regarding environmental impacts, mitigation measures, and feasible alternatives. The suit claims that the Department failed to apply measures to prevent harm from a project that should not have been treated as a typical construction project, but rather as a project involving significant contamination issues and intrusion upon very close sensitive receptors.

Kupferman said, “This community with a long history of exposure to dust, lead, and other toxins, have earned a healthy skepticism of questionable assurances that imminent exposure that is posed from a major construction project will be controlled.”

The suit also states that the State failed to take a hard look at the fact that Jewish Home Lifecare had received approval from the State Health Department in 2008 to construct a new facility at its existing location on West 106th Street, and that Jewish Home Lifecare claimed that the 106th Street project was designed to apply best practices from the “Green House” model and other innovative models that would provide significant improvements in the quality of life of the residents. In direct contrast, the so-called “Green House” proposed for West 97th Street would diminish quality of life by relegating mobility challenged nursing home residents to high floors of a twenty-story tower, and would be difficult to evacuate in the event of a fire or natural disaster like hurricanes Irene or Sandy.

April 23 - Affordable Housing in Peril

Affordable Housing in Peril:
Will Albany Renew Expiring Rent Regs?

Thursday, April 23
Goddard Riverside Community Center
Columbus Avenue and 88th Street
Monthly Meeting starts at 7:30 PM
Panel Discussion at 8:00 PM

Nominations for CFD candidates for Delegates and Alternates in the 67th and 69th Assembly Districts to the 2015 Judicial Convention

The laws establishing ‘Rent Regs’ (Rent Stabilization and Rent Control) will expire this June. And although the affected apartments are in New York City, the state legislature holds the reins on this issue.

Come hear Sue Susman, affordable housing advocate, and Ellen Davidson, a Legal Aid attorney working on the new legislation, discuss the history, current status and outlook for ‘rent regs.’ Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal will provide an up-to-the-minute report on the proceedings in Albany, including the progress of her bill to move certain de-regulated units back into regulated status. And a report on a meeting convened to coordinate community advocacy in support of rent regs will jump-start a conversation on the big question: What Can We Do?!

Be heard! Bring your questions and comments!

Please download the meeting flier to forward to your friends, post in your building and share on local bulletin boards

1. Call to Order
2. Approval of March 2014 Minutes
3. President’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Rent Regulations Panel Discussion: Sue Susman, Ellen Davidson, Bob Amsterdam, Arlene Karole
6. Rent Regulation Update by Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal
7. Nominations for Judicial Delegates and Alternates
8. Elected and Party Official Reports
9. New Business
10. Adjourn

UWS Street Fair Schedule

Broadway, 96-102 Street
Veritas, Inc.

Broadway, 102-106 Street
Duke Ellington Blvd. Neighborhood Association

Broadway, 86-93 Street
Broadway Mall Center

Columbus Ave, 66– 72 Street
Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center

Amsterdam Ave, 77–89 Street
West Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Broadway, 72-82 Street
Coalition for a Livable West Side

Broadway, 82-86 Street
Safe Haven West Side Basketball League

Broadway, 65-72 Street
Project Open at Lincoln Center Towers

Broadway, 73-82 Street
West Side Fed. of Neighborhood & Block Assoc.

Broadway, 82-86 Street
The Broadway Mall Association

Amsterdam Ave, 96–106 St
Valley Restoration, LDC

Broadway, 60-65 Street
Environmentally Sound Development

Amsterdam Ave, 79-86 Street
Goddard Riverside

Columbus Ave, 68–86 Street
West Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Broadway, 96–103 Street
Bloomingdale Area Coalition

Broadway, 86 – 90 Street
NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch

Broadway, 90 – 96 Street
Symphony Space

I'm A Solution

A wonderful campaign launched by CFD's own Jason Clark. I encourage everyone to participate:

In the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association of New York City and I, have been trying to identify ways to turn these unfortunate tragedies into something positive. Therefore, we have kicked off a social media campaign called "I am A Solution," aimed at getting as many people as possible to make short videos with their phones, identifying one idea for improving relationships between police officers and minority communities. Then, participants are being asked to share their videos on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #IamASolution. Once it’s over, we are going to include the ideas recommended in a written report of possible solutions that will go to the NYC Mayor’s Office and other local officials. We’re also giving away a set of “Beats by Dre” Headphones to our favorite “I am a Solution” video, which will be a video that can be characterized as positive, innovative and inspirational. The campaign will continue at least until the end of April 2015.

The "I am A Solution" Campaign is about forging a new age of civic activism that informs, inspires, and mobilizes our community. To learn more, and see some of the videos that have already been submitted by visiting the I am A Solution Facebook page. Become a solution!

May 17 - CFD's 46th Annual Spring Gala!

Dear Friend of the Community Free Democrats,

I hope you will join us for CFD’s 46th Annual Gala on Sunday, May 17, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Bella Luna Restaurant, 584 Columbus Avenue (between 88th and 89th Streets). The Gala is a highlight of the New York political calendar, where we break bread and chat with the leaders who make us so proud to be Democrats working in concert for progressive values. It is an opportunity to celebrate the victories we helped our candidates achieve in 2014, and to prepare for significant campaigns to come.

Each year at the Gala, we honor those who make our city and community a better place. Our very own New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer will receive CFD’s 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award. Jean Dorsey, chair and Sonia Garcia, vice-chair of the Westgate Tenants Association at Stonehenge Village will receive the Michalski-Leutner Community Leadership Award. Mark McIntyre, executive director of the Riverside Clay Tennis Association (RCTA) will accept the Distinguished Community Service Award on behalf of RCTA.

CFD leaders like Congressmember Jerry Nadler, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal have contributed to the Upper West Side's nationwide reputation for progressive Democratic leadership. You can help us keep our party and its principles strong by participating in this event.

Your contribution and presence will help advance our shared political and social agenda, including fighting to expand affordable housing, rent laws and other tenant protections; advocating for workers’ protections and a living wage; and clearing pathways that lead to equal justice.

Sponsorship categories, which include a listing on the invitation, are: Angel ($1,500), Benefactor ($550), and Patron ($350). The regular ticket price is $250 (no listing). Invitations to this popular event will be circulated to approximately 2,000 West Siders and political and civic leaders, and sponsors will be featured on the CFD website.

The deadline to be included on the invitation is April 24, 2015. We look forward to seeing you on May 17.


Jason Haber
President, Community Free Democrats

Hon. Jerry Nadler & Hon. Joyce Miller
Hon. Linda B. Rosenthal

Hon. Vincent Alfonso
Hon. Marc Landis and the Landis Family
Hon. Daniel O’Donnell
Hon. Adam Clayton Powell
Hon. Eric Schneiderman

Judith Bader-York
Hon. James Brennan
Hon. Gale Brewer
Hon. Daniel Marks Cohen
Hon. Debra Cooper & Darrell Paster
Mark Diller
Hon. Adriano Espaillat
Hon. Richard Gottfried
Robert Gottheim
Hon. Jason Haber & Hon. Cory Haber
Hon. Brad Hoylman
Hon. Suzanne Jacobson
Hon. Corey Johnson
Hon. Gerry Kahn
Edward S. Kornreich
Micah Lasher & Elizabeth Mann
Stephanie and Albert Lasher
Hon. Mark D. Levine
Hon. Bill Perkins
Hon. Nick & Michele Prigo
DeAnna D. Rieber
Hon. José M. Serrano, Jr.
Hon. Keith L. T. Wright

List In Formation

You can pay online with the button below or make checks payable to Community Free Democrats and mail to Suzanne Jacobson, CFD Fundraising Director, 40 West 75 Street, #1B, New York, NY 10023.

Direct any questions to Suzanne Jacobson at sjacobny@aol.com or 212-873-5187.

Contributions to Community Free Democrats are not tax deductible
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May 17 - 46th Annual Spring Gala

You are cordially invited to Community Free Democrats'
46th Annual Spring Gala

Sunday, May 17th

Bella Luna
584 Columbus Avenue (Between 88th and 89th Streets)

Invitation to Follow

Jason Haber, CFD President

Hon. Marc A. Landis, Shari Gottheim, Joan M. Paylo and Nick Prigo
CFD District Leaders

October 23 - CFD Membership Meeting

Community Free Democrats Monthly Meeting

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave. (at 88th Street)

What is Prop 1 and Why Must We Vote No on Prop 1 on November 4?
Last-minute addition:  Josh Kross, one of the PS 163 parents leading the fight against the massive proposed JHL construction project next to the elementary school on W. 97th Street, will explain how we can help their efforts.

Be part of a critical conversation with activists who are fighting to defeat this ballot proposal. Claiming to be re-districting reform, Proposal 1 will enshrine unfair partisan practices in the state constitution.

September 18 - Illegal Hotels & Airbnb (Note Date Change)

Save the Date!

Community Free Democrats Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave. (at 88th Street)

**Please note this is earlier in the month than our typical meeting date.**

Hear from our Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal as she discusses how illegal hotels are impacting our neighborhood and how Airbnb threatens affordable housing.

CFD 2014 Endorsements

CFD held its annual meeting on May 22nd and voted to endorse these candidates. (Author's Note: Two more endorsements for Governor and 31st Senate District have been added to this list after endorsements were made at the June meeting).

Andrew Cuomo

Eric Schneiderman
NYS Attorney General

Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller

Linda B. Rosenthal
State Assembly – 67th AD

Daniel O’Donnell
State Assembly – 69th AD

Jose M. Serrano
State Senate – 29th District

Bill Perkins
State Senate – 30th District

Adriano Espaillat
State Senate – 31st District

Debra Cooper
Female State Committee -- 67th AD

Jason Haber
Male State Committee -- 67th AD

Lynn Thomas
Female State Committee -- 69th AD

Daniel Marks Cohen
Male State Committee -- 69th AD

Judicial Delegates and Alternates – 67th AD
Jason Haber
David Matarasso
Susan Gwertzman
Ray Hodell
Hilda Classon
Bridget Amatore
Rob Gottheim
Valerie Horst

Judicial Delegates and Alternates – 69th AD
Lloyd McAulay
John Bonhomme
Bob Eckel
Ron Walton
Sharon Silberfarb
Irene Dess
Clare Dockery
Joan Mendez