Wednesday, September 9, 2009


As you know, after holding a forum which included all of the Democratic candidates for City Council in our District (the 39th), interviewing each of the candidates individuallly, attending other political forums, CORD chose to endorse JOSH SKALLER, for City Council.
We feel that JOSH SKALLER, is the right man, in the right place, at the right time. There are many reasons why we like him but we are going to concentrate on one of them today.
We know that JOSH SKALLER understands the relationship between development and its impact on every aspect of quality of life issues for a community.
Development drives it all---from your child's class size to the size of the crowd on the train platform during the daily rush...from how much traffic will flow through your street to how much water pressure will flow from your faucets.
JOSH SKALLER has refused to accept donations from developers. He understands that a City Councilman needs to be able to listen to the concerns of his constituents and to speak UNWAVERINGLY ON THEIR BEHALF when it comes to the thing that has the largest impact on their daily lives.
JOSH SKALLER is not anti development, he is anti-OVER development. JOSH SKALLER is anti ignoring the stress upon, or limitations of the infrastructure, development----JOSH SKALLER is anti-the 'let's build first and worry about all of the rest later', development...
Pro large scale development concerns along the Gowanus Canal, the old gas company/Public Place site and in the overall Gowanus area, are driving an aggressive ANTI SUPERFUND campaign.
JOSH SKALLER understands that it is the PUBLIC'S HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION that is of primary importance. That is why he was the first candidate to come out strongly IN FAVOR OF NOMINATING THE GOWANUS CANAL AS A SUPERFUND SITE. He understands the absolute necessity of a comprehensive cleanup and the careful monitoring of the remediation's success PRIOR to any type of development being sanctioned.
In short, he gets that....the high risers can wait....the health,the well being and the future of an entire community, simply cannot.
CORD really admires and appreciates JOSH SKALLER'S position on these development/land use issues. He has demonstrated throughout his campaign the ability to be a candid, consistent, concerned, tough, passionate, no nonsense, plain spoken man.
JOSH SKALLER is exactly what we need now.....
September 15th is Primary Day. There are five good men vying to win. It is time to make an informed decision.
Please be sure to get out and vote....and please consider casting that vote for, JOSH SKALLER.



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........