I've noted recently that at least 3/4 of the NYC 40th Council District candidates have become readers of the Q at Parkside - and are commenting to boot! I'm honored. I've also heard that a community forum is being hastily assembled for Thursday at 7PM at St. Gabriel's on Hawthorne between Nostrand and NY Ave. Will let you know when it's confirmed.
But while I'm on the subject, I've compiled a list of questions that I hope get asked on Thursday. OR, candidates may chime in at any time!
Ms. Kinard, Ms. Thomas, Mr. Grant and Mr. Eugene - please consider the following questions.
First off, Who do you support for mayor? and...
- Would you join the Council's Progressive Caucus? Any caucus? Do you support increasing the number of charter schools allowed in NYC?
- What do you think of Mayor Bloomberg's climate change plans (sea walls, etc)?
- When change happens to Brooklyn neighborhoods, it often comes in the blink of an eye. How does a councilperson both cheer a neighborhood's development while being respectful to those who've lived there for decades?
- Is affordable housing really possible? Where else (in NYC and nationwide) is public policy actually working in this regard? Is 80/20 enough?
- With so many apartments leaving rent regulation, is it really fair to focus so much attention on this decades old law than to create something more meaningful for today that doesn't create perverse incentives and disincentives for landlords?
- How will you support our invaluable Prospect Park? And how will you help keep the Parkside Playground safe, maintained and well groomed?
- Do you support the council's recently-passed legislation concerning the NYPD? (Intro 1079, which establishes an Inspector General for the NYPD and Intro 1080, which opens the door to racial profiling lawsuits against the NYPD)
- Since Christine Quinn will no longer be speaker, is there anyone on the Council that you think is up to the task?
- What is your plan to address the increase in violent crime in the 71st Precinct?
- What do you think of the emphasis on testing in the City's schools? Do you support the job Dennis Wolcott is doing as Schools Superintendent?
- Quality of Life stuff: How will you use your office to help lessen trash, get people to scoop their poop, lessen mosquitoes, help new businesses move to the neighborhood? Can a councilperson help a neighborhood become more livable?
- Hudson Companies is building a huge new rental building at 626 Flatbush. It will be clearly visible from the park. Do you support this idea? Do you support reopening existing zoning in the area? Would your office take a lead in doing so?
- Empire Blvd, moving out from the park, seems like a HUGE missed opportunity. Do you imagine something better for this grand sounding wide street leading to the park?
- Do you support a strong merchant's organization or BID from Parkside to Empire on Flatbush?
- Would you consider championing a Museum of Flatbush?
- Would you support the art project currently taking shape around the green sheet metal Flatbush trees at Empire/Ocean/Flatbush?
- Are you supportive of (and will help see that money is found for maintenance for) the Parkside Plaza project?
- Do you have particular thoughts on bicycles and bike safety and bike lanes and bike, bike, bikes?
- What can be done with the gorgeous but dilapidated Phat Albert's building, once a proud bakery in the neighborhood, now with a clock that doesn't keep time? The Flatbush Museum, maybe? A Wendy's annex? Trader Joe's?
- How will you help us make Flatbush Avenue safer? It's INSANE! And Rogers is a speedway.
Flatbush Revitalization. EDC’s Fiscal 2013 January Capital
Commitment Plan includes $52 million in Fiscal 2013-2016 for the
restoration of Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The
goal of the renovation project is to restore the historic structure
and create a state-of-the-art performance facility. Located at
1025-1035 Flatbush Avenue, the space will be the largest indoor
theater in Brooklyn and will be the centerpiece of a revitalized
Flatbush. The expected
opening is in the fall of 2014.
So, it'll open in the fall of 2014? Who's watching this project, er, minding the store? Has it really been thought through? What do YOU think, honestly?