"This long overdue restoration of escalator service at the East Broadway station is welcome news for our Lower East Side community," Silver said. "Residents of our neighborhood suffer from limited public transportation options and we rely heavily on this escalator. I expect that it will remain in service without any more lengthy interruptions. This station is a lifeline for our entire community and many of our seniors are unable to use it without a functioning escalator. I want to thank the MTA for finally listening to our urgent concerns."
Silver, along with Senator Squadron Daniel Squadron and Council Member Margaret Chin sent a letter to the MTA last month expressing frustration at how long the escalator had been out of service and asking that it be restored as soon as possible. The elected officials also joined members of the community at a rally at the station to demand action.
The group, which will include a broad array of community members, will seek to incorporate the concerns and recommendations of local residents into the planned re development of the South Street Seaport.
"I have raised serious concerns, along with local residents, about the proposed development at the South Street Seaport," Silver said. "It has been clear from the beginning that there must be an open, transparent and community-driven process for redeveloping this area. I am looking forward to serving on this task force, which will ensure that the people who live in the Seaport play a key role in determining the future of this critically important historic area."
The intersection, at Battery Place and First Place, is adjacent to P.S. 276, and many students, parents and faculty have raised alarms about cars driving too quickly.
"Pedestrian safety must be a top priority, particularly at an intersection that is so close to an elementary school," Silver said. "The recent incident involving a school crossing guard served to highlight a concern that local residents and parents have expressed repeatedly: This is a dangerous intersection and it is crucial that we take measures to reduce the likelihood of an accident. I want to thank the DOT for responding to our community's needs and I will continue to work with the city to make pedestrian safety improvements throughout Lower Manhattan."
"I asked the NYPD to come up with an action plan that addresses the urgent needs of this dynamic and increasingly residential area," Silver said. "I appreciate that there are unique security concerns around the World Trade Center, but it is essential that the community is accessible. I have worked extremely hard to successfully create a 24/7 mixed-use community in this area, and residents of these vibrant neighborhoods should be granted convenient access to their apartments and we must ensure that they are able to receive deliveries, come and go in taxis and cars, and walk around their neighborhood without enduring excessive barriers and check points."
"Ball fields are a precious resource for our Lower Manhattan children, with our youth leagues and schools in great need of more space," Silver said. "I am so pleased that the rapidly growing number of families in our community will now have two new beautiful fields to enjoy. Governors Island is Lower Manhattan's backyard and I urge all my neighbors to take advantage of this wonderful jewel in our harbor."
Silver worked with Battery Park City Authority Chair Dennis Mehiel to save the community center, which was slated to close late last year.
Silver is pleased to report that after more than a year of renovation, the center's pool has reopened. Anyone interested in becoming a community center member should go to www.bpcparks.org and click on "events".
This will make the intersection safer for local residents, including the many children who attend the nearby Head Start program.