|BPC Committee chair Tammy Meltzer|
At CB1’s December 19 meeting, Tammy Meltzer, who chairs that panel’s Battery Park City Committee, said, “all we’re looking for is to have a resident on this commission, to be able to speak for the community.”
Bruce Ehrmann, who serves as co-chair of CB1’s Landmarks Preservation Committee, observed that, “apparently we have no real say, but it’s a little odd to put a memorial to the deaths of almost 3,000 predominantly Puerto Rican people in the middle of maybe the whitest neighborhood in all of New York City. It makes no sense.”
|CB1 chair Anthony Notaro|
CB1 chairman Anthony Notaro responded to Mr. Ehrmann’s observation by saying, “Battery Park City is state-owned land, so Cuomo can put this here without anyone saying anything.” This was a reference to the fact that the Governor controls the Battery Park City Authority, which governs the community. For this reason, the community is one of the few sections of Manhattan that is directly controlled by Albany, rather than by City Hall.
The measure continues, “CB1 insists on appointing a local Battery Park City resident to participate on the commission regarding the siting of the proposed memorial in Lower Manhattan;” and “CB1 requires a commitment from Governor Cuomo to allow meaningful participation by residents and community leaders in all phases of decision-making related to this project, including (but not limited to): voting membership on the commission that would determine final location, design and budget for the memorial.”