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As Tribeca parents jockey to be zoned for P.S. 234, the city warned this week that trying to \ufb01t everyone could result in something no one wants: waitlists.
\u201cThe more buildings we include in the P.S. 234 zone, the more likely there will ultimately be a lottery at P.S. 234,\u201d said Elizabeth Rose, director of portfo- lio planning at the Dept. of Education. \u201cThat is not something we want. I don\u2019t think it is something the community wants.\u201d
Rose spoke Monday night at the District 2 Community Education Council\u2019s hearing on the rezoning of Lower Manhattan\u2019s schools. About 100 parents turned out to
weigh in on the city\u2019s two temporary zoning options for next fall, which would guar- antee every Downtown child a seat in one of the four local schools. The C.E.C. is work- ing on a revised proposal incorporating the parents\u2019 feedback, which they may vote on later this month, and Rose said she would consider the community\u2019s concerns as well, though there are limits to how much the proposals can change. Kindergarten registration is scheduled to begin Feb. 1.
Most of the parents who spoke Monday night lived in sections of Tribeca that are not included in P.S. 234\u2019s zone under one or both of the zoning options.
ALBANY \u2014 Since May, Senator Tom Duane, a Downtown Democrat and the chamber\u2019s only out gay member, has said he had the votes to pass the mar- riage equality bill he spon- sors. The Empire State Pride Agenda, the state\u2019s L.G.B.T. lobby, has similarly voiced con\ufb01dence that a biparti-
san majority in the 62-mem- ber house would vote yes. At ESPA\u2019s October dinner in Manhattan, Gov. David Paterson, who introduced the legislation, which has now passed the heavily Democratic Assembly three times, said of the Senate\u2019s Democratic conference lead- er, \u201cSenator [John] Sampson I\u2019ve heard on occasion say
for old and new:
P.S. 234 & 276
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as gay marriage
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A shouting match between Councilmember Charles Barron and a trustee of the City University of New York disrupted an otherwise festive groundbreaking on the new Fiterman Hall Tuesday morning.
Barron sparked the dispute by call- ing Mayor Mike Bloomberg disrespect- ful, after the mayor left the ceremony early. Trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, who
was sitting in the audience, shouted that Barron was the one who was being disrespectful. The two men trad- ed insults over a minute or two, with Barron calling Wiesenfeld \u201ca sickening racist\u201d and Wiesenfeld calling Barron \u201ca disgrace.\u201d
The argument came shortly after of\ufb01cials put shovels into a mound of dirt where Fiterman once stood, marking the beginning of construc-
tion on a new classroom building for the Borough of Manhattan Community College. The new building on W. Broadway will rise from the founda- tion of the old Fiterman Hall, which was heavily damaged on 9/11 and had to be demolished.
It would be hard to spend less money on an election than Republican Irene Horvath spent in the First City Council District this fall. Horvath, who lost to DemocratMargaret
In contrast, Chin, who swept the election with 86 percent of the vote, spent nearly $280,000, much of it on mailings, events, staff and rent. Chin still owes about $25,000 to The Parkside Group for the last mailings of the campaign. She doesn\u2019t quite have enough money left to pay them (she\u2019s about $1,600 short), but her campaign managerJake
When Chin takes of\ufb01ce Jan. 1, she\u2019ll be displacing Councilmember Alan Gerson, who lost the Democratic primary for the seat in September. Gerson appeared to be enjoying his last few weeks in of\ufb01ce and was all smiles and handshakes at a groundbreaking for Fiterman Hall Tuesday (This was before Councilmember Charles Barron got into a shouting match with a CUNY trustee). Gerson\u2019s smile stayed in place even when Angela Sales, with the Borough of Manhattan Community College, introduced him as \u201cCouncilman Gleason.\u201d
Speaking of Gleason, we hear he\u2019s shaved his post- election beard, but his campaign manager, new Democratic District Leader Paul Newell has now grown one instead.
Tribeca lawyer Salvatore Strazzullo wanted to pay for a tree in the park and hold a ceremony to give gifts to under- privileged children. But Community Board 1 smelled self- promotion in Strazzullo\u2019s offer and took an advisory vote against it in October.
The Parks Dept. was still open to allowing the tree, as long as Strazzullo didn\u2019t put up any signs describing his business, but Strazzullo just withdrew his application, Parks spokesperson Cristina DeLuca said.
Holloway, 36, became a familiar face at community meet- ings Downtown through his work on the Deutsche Bank building. Holloway coordinated the many changes to the city\u2019s procedures after the fatal August 2007 \ufb01 re in the build- ing. He worked closely with the D.E.P. to overhaul asbestos abatement protocols, but his appointment raised some eye- brows because he does not have very much environmental experience.
Holloway is also a member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. board, where he has publicly pressed Chairperson Avi Schick to make sure the Deutsche Bank project has enough money. Holloway serves on the L.M.D.C. board at Mayor Mike Bloomberg\u2019s pleasure, and he\u2019ll stay in place unless Bloomberg removes him, city of\ufb01cials said.
In a reversal, Community Board 1 decided not to name a street after civil rights lawyer Frank Durkan last week. Durkan\u2019s colleagues and relatives had been meeting with the board\u2019s Seaport/Civic Center committee for months, and expected the full board to echo the committee\u2019s favor- able vote.
But at last Tuesday night\u2019s meeting, which Durkan\u2019s widow and daughter attended, several board members objected to naming Elk St. after Durkan because he defend- ed weapons smugglers in Northern Ireland.
\u201cWe were frankly taken by surprise,\u201d said James Cullen, a friend of Durkan, who died in 2006. \u201cWe are exploring other ways to seek this recognition for Frank.\u201d
Manhattan Beep Scott Stringer is now taking applica- tions for new community board members. Downtown residents and workers who are looking for a voice in local politics (and a place to spend several evenings a month) are encouraged to apply.
Stringer\u2019s of\ufb01 ce is holding an information session next Thurs., Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at 1 Centre St. Applications are due Jan. 15.
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The upcoming week\u2019s schedule of Community Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless otherwise noted, all committee meetings are held at the board of\ufb01ce, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room 709 at 6 p.m.
Force will meet at 5:15 p.m. The Youth & Education Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. The Quality of Life Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. in room 501
Both of the city\u2019s proposed options zone 80 Chambers for the Spruce Street School, not P.S. 234. Fifty-nine of the building\u2019s 85 apartments have signed a petition asking that the city reconsider and zone 80 Chambers for P.S. 234, another building resident said.
Gearhart, whose son will start kindergarten in 2010, said she is worried about the long walk to the Spruce Street School, which includes crossing Broadway and Park Row. Other parents in her building said they stayed Downtown to rebuild Tribeca after 9/11 and have attended fundraisers at P.S. 234 for years, thinking they were supporting their child\u2019s future school.
Parents at 80 Chambers and other south Tribeca build- ings said families as far south as Murray St. and as far east as Broadway should be included in P.S. 234\u2019s zone.
Rose replied that there are not enough seats in P.S. 234 to encompass such a broad area. The city put forward two options for who will attend P.S. 234: a \u201chorizontal option\u201d that includes all of Tribeca from West St. to Lafayette St. but only goes as far south as Warren and Chambers Sts.; and a \u201cvertical option\u201d that goes all the way from Canal St. down to Liberty St. but only as far east as Church St.
\u201cP.S. 234 is the logical choice for more families than 234 can logically serve,\u201d Rose said. \u201cThat is the dilemma we are dealing with. There is no way around that dilemma. We\u2019re trying to make the best choices we can.\u201d
In response to parents complaining that their building was purposely left out \u2014 particularly parents who live in rentals at 89 Murray St., whose building was split in half, with the adjacent condos at 101 Warren St. allowed into P.S. 234 but the 89 Murray rentals zoned for Spruce \u2014 Rose replied that the decisions were made on a larger scale.
\u201cNo building was singled out,\u201d she said. \u201cWe did not at any point say we want to put this building in and exclude that building.\u201d
Although most of the Tribeca parents who spoke said they had nothing against the Spruce Street School, many sounded wary of the location, which is between William and Nassau Sts. near the Seaport.
\u201cI\u2019m not entirely sure where Spruce St. is,\u201d said John Keeler, who lives at 24 Warren St. and has a son entering kindergarten next fall. \u201cIt\u2019s a completely different neighbor- hood. It\u2019s probably a perfectly \ufb01 ne and nice neighborhood, but it\u2019s not our neighborhood.\u201d
across Manhattan and in Brooklyn. Learan Kahanov, whose son is in kindergarten at Spruce, said that traveling from Tribeca to Spruce is not an insurmountable hardship.
While the Tribeca parents \ufb01 ght for their children to attend an existing school rather than a new one, a group of Battery Park City parents are \ufb01ghting for just the opposite. A handful of Gateway Plaza residents said Monday that they would rather be zoned for P.S./I.S. 276, the new green school opening in southern B.P.C., but the city wants to keep them zoned for P.S. 89 instead.
\u201cGateway Plaza residents deserve access to the new school that we waited a really long time for,\u201d said Ed Long, who has lived in B.P.C. for 26 years and has a 4-year-old son.
Long and several other Gateway Plaza residents said their children have made friends in southern B.P.C. and the Financial District, and P.S. 89 on the other side of North Cover feels like a different neighborhood.
Both of the city\u2019s zoning proposals use Albany St. as the divider between P.S. 89 and P.S. 276, but several residents said Vesey St. or Liberty St. would make more sense.
One advantage of P.S. 276 and the Spruce Street School that few parents mentioned is that they will both be K-8s, giving graduating \ufb01fth graders a guaranteed middle school seat. Students at P.S. 89 and P.S. 234 will not have that same opportunity.
Toward the end of Monday night\u2019s meeting, Denise Cordivano, director of the Battery Park City Day Nursery, had some advice for the many riled parents.
\u201cTake a deep breath,\u201d Cordivano said. \u201cYes, \ufb01 ght for what you believe in. But when the dust settles, remember that your children are resilient.\u201d
The C.E.C. will hold its second (and likely \ufb01nal) hearing on Lower Manhattan rezoning Wed., Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly hearing room at 250 Broadway, 19th \ufb02 oor. Parents can also e-mail feedback to the C.E.C. at D2zoning@ gmail.com.
\u2018Gateway Plaza residents deserve access to the new school that we waited a really long time for.\u2019
Northbound R/W trains at the Cortlandt St. station are up and running once again, but not as widely used as expected.
The station reopened on Nov. 25, but on the Monday after Thanksgiving, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority employee in the token booth said he\u2019d seen fewer than 30 people in the two hours that he\u2019d been on duty that day. Several people used the station as an underpass to get out of the rain for a block, and a few asked how to go southbound (the M.T.A. doesn\u2019t expect to open that platform until Sept. 11, 2011).
Corey Rose, who commutes from New Jersey to Brooklyn every day, said the new station was great, and long overdue. \u201cI\u2019ve been waiting for this,\u201d he said. \u201cThis will make things a lot easier for my commute.\u201d
The station was badly damaged on 9/11, and initially reopened in September of 2002, only to be closed down again in August of 2005 to accommodate construction on part of the Fulton St. Transit Center.
Even at 5:15 p.m. Monday, 25 out of the 30 passengers using the subway station were tourists speaking different lan- guages and toting Century 21 bags.
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