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of progressive politics
on the Upper West Side



     

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Three Parks Independent Democrats has been an active participant in Upper West Side politics for more than 45 years. In addition to endorsing and working for candidates who demonstrate ability and progressive convictions, we organize phone banks, postcard writing, and canvassing trips to take back Congress and the White House. We participate in rallies, protests, and other events. Join us today to make Three Parks your political home.


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ALERT: Zoning Change 110th St.

Read Three Parks Statement here

See the proposed map here

State Committee Member Dan Cohen Letter here

Zoning Update

Attention residents of
109th and 110th Streets near Broadway.
This area faces up-zoning for highrise development.

A large study promoting the above very bad plan for our neighborhood, has just been released (May 2021). Read it here

There are obvious and apparently deliberate deceptions in this report. The report discusses at great length the extensive community involvement in the planning process, saying that all "neighborhood stakeholders" were involved. Actually only people from the areas further North of us that will benefit from down-zoning were involved in planning. In the area between 109th and 110th Streets, where the building height will be raised, no one was consulted, least of all Three Parks. In 2004, Three Parks led a successful down-zoning campaign to preserve the character of our neighborhood and protect the existing affordable housing.

On page 171, there is a map that labels the 109th to 110th Street area as "Affordable Housing Near Transit." Reading the text instead of just looking at the pictures, makes clear that what is actually planned for these sites are three 24 story luxury apartment towers with a total of about 673 apartments of which roughly 25% would be "affordable." "Affordable" means reserved for families with an annual income under $90,960. Note also that the law allows the affordable units to be created within a mile of the site.

Click here and scroll down to number seven to hear Scott Stringer describe what must be done to get affordable housing in NYC.


Next Club Meeting

Wednesday, December 8th
8:00 PM

Topic:

June Democratic Primary Endorsements

Speakers:

Area candidates for NY State Assembly and Senate

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Natural Gas Fracking
Hydraulic Fracturing

Three Parks supports a legislated ban on fracking. The fracking process pollutes vast quantities of water, a non-renewable resource. Millions of gallons of water are treated with toxic chemicals and then pumped into each gas well to force out the gas. We have worked with many allies, especially Food and Water Watch, to successfully pressure Governor Cuomo to issue a state ban on this method of extracting gas. However, a future governor could rescind the ban, which is why the legislature must act to pass it into law. Click here for more information.

Housing

Three Parks supports all efforts to strengthen and expand Rent Stabilization and to renew the rent regulations that will expire in 2019. We oppose the Mayor’s plan for a blanket upzoning of residential neighborhoods including ours. This is simply a bribe for developers to build a few units of “affordable” housing in exchange for more stories of luxury apartments, while at the same time, City government looks away as landlords drive out thousands of rent stabilized tenants.

Charter Schools

Three Parks opposes the expansion of charter schools in New York City and their co-location in public school buildings. We do not believe that charter schools are public schools of a different kind. In fact, they are private schools of a different kind - with public funding but no public accountability. They are a detriment to public education.

Health Care

Three Parks supports Medicare for All (Single Payer) health care nationally and in New York State. The New York Assembly has passed the “New York Health Act” universal health care bill (A. 5062 S. 3525). New York Health would provide universal, comprehensive health care to all New Yorkers without premiums, co-pays, deductibles, or limited provider networks. It would be paid for by a progressive income tax. According to an analysis by U. Mass/Amherst Economics Department Chair Gerald Friedman, 98% of New Yorkers would spend less for health coverage and health care under New York Health than they do today. New York would save over $70 billion by eliminating the administrative costs and profits that now go to private health insurance companies, and by negotiating pharmaceutical and medical device prices.


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