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CM Lander Letter to Mayor Bloomberg Re Fair Share Hearing(2)

CM Lander Letter to Mayor Bloomberg Re Fair Share Hearing(2)

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April 10, 2011Mayor Michael BloombergCity HallNew York, NY 10007Dear Mayor Bloomberg,I am writing
to appeal to you to send Administration representatives to the City Council’s “Fair 
Share
at 20 Years”
oversight hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 at 1 pm in the Landmarks,Public Siting and Maritime Uses Subcommittee.Your representatives have informed me that the Administration does not plan appear at the hearing
– 
the only oversight hearing on this Charter-mandated topic in the 20 years since the rules wereadopted
– 
despite substantial advance notice, citing pending litigation (which is not the subject of our hearing, and on which I am happy to avoid discussion). I believe this is a mistake. WithAdministration participation, I am committed to a thoughtful conversation about an important,complex, challenging, and Charter-mandated responsibility that the Administration and the Councilshare. However, if you choose not to participate, we will be forced to question whether the
Administration has a meaningful commitment to the “fair share” rules, to the balanced and equitable
siting of municipal infrastructure and social services in communities across the city, and indeed to agenuine and transparent partnership with the City Council on these issues.I respectfully request that you send representatives both from the Department of City Planning
(which have a formal and coordinating responsibility for the “fair share” rules
), and from agenciesor deputy mayoral offices that engage in siting public infrastructure and social service facilities totestify about the challenges they face in this task.It has been just over 20 years since the
“fair s
hare
criteria were first promulgated by theDepartment of City Planning, following the 1989 City Charter revision
, with a goal “to foster 
neighborhood stability and revitalization by furthering the fair distribution among communities of 
city facilities.” The purpose of our hearing is to explore how effective these r 
ules have been, todiscuss what is working and what is not, to understand the challenges that City agencies face insiting essential infrastructure in a way that is efficient and fair, and to identify opportunities forimprovements. The hearing will also provide an opportunity for academics, planners,environmental justice advocates, and others to discuss whether the
City’s “fair s
hare
system hassucceeded in making more equitable the siting of municipally-linked uses that have adisproportionately negative impact upon their immediate surroundings.
BRAD LANDER
COUNCIL MEMBER, 39TH DISTRICTDISTRICT OFFICE
456 5
TH
AVE, 3
RD
FLOORBROOKLYN, NY 11215(718) 499-1090FAX: (718) 499-1997
CITY HALL OFFICE
250 BROADWAY, 17
TH
FLOORNEW YORK, NY 10007(212) 788-6969FAX: (212) 788-8967lander@council.nyc.gov
 
COMMITTEES
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONGENERAL WELFARELAND USEHOUSING & BUILDINGSWATERFRONTSChair
, Subcommittee on Landmarks,Public Siting, and Maritime Uses
Co-Chair
, Progressive Caucus
 
THE COUNCILOFTHE CITY OF NEW YORK
 

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