Sunday, December 6, 2009

CALLING ALL NEIGHBORS! An Open Letter To Councilman Bill De Blasio

Hello from CORD 

On Wednesday December 9, we have learned that outgoing Councilman Bill DeBalsio will be introducing a bill that will alter a very old law that protects our front gardens. Link 

Below is a brief letter that we strongly urge you to cut and paste to send to him as well as the additional elected officials below.

For more info please see: Pardon Me For Asking Link 

An Open Letter To Councilman Bill De Blasio Regarding His Introduction Of A Bill That Will Erode A 150-Year-Old Law Protecting Our Carroll Gardens Court Yards:

Dear Bill De Blasio

We are the residents of Carroll Gardens. 
You are still our representative. 
Every courtyard in Carroll Gardens is public land.
We protest what you are doing
and we strongly urge you not to use your power to give our land away. 
Do not introduce this bill.
Do not allow this to b
e the legacy you leave in Carroll Gardens.

Please make yourself available to the community to discuss this issue with your constituents before Wednesday, December 9th, 2009.

(Your Name here)

A member of the Carroll Gardens Community

Please send to :

Bill De Blasio, NY City Councilman

Christine Quinn, NY City Council Speaker
email link 
telephone: 212-788-7210 

John Liu, NY City Council Member and Chair of the Transportation Committee
telephone: 212-788-7022

Betsy Gotbaum, NY City Advocate 
telephone: 212- 669-7200

Brad Lander, Council Member Elect


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........