M.A.G.I.C. Press Conference Thurs, May 6, 2021, 12:00 noon

Thursday, May 6, 2021 – 12:00 noon

Roger Manning,  Metro Area Governors Island Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.)
governorsislandcoalition[AT]gmail.com | (email for phone #)

The current upzoning proposal for Governors Island must be withdrawn.

Individuals, community groups, candidates rally in support of preserving the incredibly unique green open space quality of Governors Island.

New York, NY – On Thursday, May 6th at 12:00 noon, Metro Area Governors Island Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) will hold a press conference by the East Coast Memorial in Battery Park with Governors Island and New York Harbor as the backdrop.

The City Council Land Use Committee will vote on the current rezoning proposal for Governors Island on Tues May 11th. The proposal must be withdrawn. Bringing in high-density high-rise development is not the best use of this unique “country place in the city” which belongs to and is visited by people from all NYC zip codes. The main rationale for this intrusive project – making Governors Island financially self-sufficient and accessible year round — isn’t supported. Also any discussion regarding a climate research center is irrelevant – it is a proposal to upzone the south island, period. Public hearings on land use being held virtually due to COVID-19 are insufficient and should be suspended as has been the case in several instances this year in NYC.

More here: https://govislandcoalition.org/#presentation

What: Advocates are calling the New York City Council to reject the currently proposed rezoning of Governors Island southern area. Excellent alternatives exist that deserve consideration.

Speakers Confirmed so far:

Lindsey Boylan – Manhattan Borough President Candidate
Jeffrey Kroessler – City Club of New York
Christopher Marte – City Council Candidate, District 1
Kim Watkins – Manhattan Borough President Candidate (TBC)
Fannie Ip – East River Park Action
Paul Graziano – Urban Planning, Land Use, Zoning Consultant
Benjamin Shepherd – Voice of Gowanus
Allie Ryan – Metro Area Governors Island Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) co-founder, City Council Candidate D2
Roger Manning – Metro Area Governors Island Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) co-founder

When: Thursday, May 6th at 12:00 noon

Where: New York, NY – by the East Coast Memorial in Battery Park with Governors Island and NY harbor as backdrop.

Masks required.

May 6th 2021 M.A.G.I.C. press conference map