Statement on the Sunnyside Yards Steering Committee

May 3, 2018

I am incredibly disappointed that Deputy Mayor Glen did not reach out to get my input as the elected representative of this district for over thirty years. I have worked closely with the Mayor on many issues and it is shocking to see community voices denied in this process at the very beginning. I commend the many talented leaders on this group but it must be more diverse and reflective of our Western Queens community.

I must insist that locally elected officials be able to recommend community leaders to this panel, that it be expanded to include more voices and that more local residents and businesses, not just nonprofit groups, be included.

I will be introducing legislation to give the Governor and the Legislature more input into this process.