Statement from Assemblywoman Joan Millman Regarding Opening of Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park

March 23, 2010
Brooklyn – As Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 was officially opened, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman released the following statement:

I am thrilled to be here today. Our long awaited dream of a world-class waterfront park has finally been realized. It’s taken over 25 years to reach this point but we are finally here.

I look forward to a new partnership with the city to build this much needed park. I believe that this partnership will usher in a new era of cooperation and community participation to ensure that we can accommodate everyone’s vision for this park.

I want to thank Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and former Council Member David Yassky for working with us to make this dream a reality. Not to be forgotten are my predecessor, Eileen Dugan, former State Senator Marty Connor and former Brooklyn Borough President Howie Golden. Without their leadership and vision, this day would not have been possible.

I especially want to praise Regina Myer. When she first started, the only advice I gave her was, “Build the park.” And build the park she has.