Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More letters to Councilman DeBlasio and progress made on Hoyt Street!

The Latest from CORD/Coalition for Respectful Development www.carrollgardenspetition.blogspot.com

Here is another response we have received a local resident re: our question:

How do YOU feel about whether or not our Councilman should support us at the upcoming BSA HEARING?
Please write to us at cgcord@... if you would like to speak out.
CORD www.carrollgardenspetition.blogspot.com
Dear Councilman DeBlasio

In your own website announcing your interest in the Borough Presidency you say:

"I'm running for Brooklyn Borough President to strengthen and
protect Brooklyn neighborhoods.

As Borough President,
no one will fight harder to make Brooklyn more affordable for working families, stop out of control and irresponsible development, protect our environment and improve the quality of life in every neighborhood."

(emphasis added)

Now it's time for you to live up to your own rhetoric:

Your failure to attend the BSA hearing and to speak against the outrageous abuse of the zoning process, the law, the neighborhood's best interest by the developer of 360 Smith Street will, in my view, completely undermine your legitimacy. This is, after all the work you and the neighborhood has done, the final showdown.

You can't just put slogans on your website, you have to live up to them. When the public eyes were on the project you held rallies and spoke out against the architect. Now, when the spotlights have dimmed and the real work needs to be done, we need your full and unqualified support.

I hope you can live up to your own promises, and that they are not simply election hype. Your constituents would not stand for that.

Respectfully yours,

James Biber
Carroll Gardens resident and homeowner

And some good news and a call for participation from the HOYT STREET ALLIANCE!

Dear Neighbors, please help the Hoyt Street Alliance and support our very
responsive Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and State Senator Martin Connor, by
sending an e-mail to Tobias Russo (see below) in support of this amendment.
It basically changes a rule that restricts bars from opening within 200' of
a church or a school, but measured the distance from door to door of a bar
and the church or school. Unscrupulous bar owners could show the location of
a door in plans submitted to the State Liquor Authority, but move the door
to suit their business at a later date. Also, a bar's entrance may have no
bearing on the bar's nuisance factor. A more accurate and meaningful
measurement is from property line to property line, as this bill proposes.

Your help would be greatly appreciated as we continue the fight to maintain
the residential character of our block. Our Assemblywoman and State Senator
went out on a limb for us and it would be sad to see the amendment fail for
lack of citizen support.

Here is a link to the Amendment's text.


Mary Hedge, Hoyt Street Alliance


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........