STRINGER BOROUGH PRESIDENT September 21, 2011 Adrian Benepe Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation The Arsenal, Central Park 830 5th Avenue New York, New York, 10065 Dear Commissioner Benepe: I write to you today to express my support for Chabad of Tribeca / SoHo’s application for a permit to erect a sukkah in Tribeca’s Duane Park from October 12 through October 19 in accordance with the customs of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. As New Yorkers, we are the proud inheritors of a centuries old tradition of religious freedom. This tradition is founded on reciprocal tolerance and mutual respect for religious observance. It is in that spirit that I urge the Parks Department to approve Chabad of Tribeca / SoHo’s application for a permit to construct and maintain a sukkah in Duane Park. I respect the role of the community in the Parks Department permitting process. However, I believe that it is entirely appropriate for faith communities to be given access to our parks so long as our public spaces afford every faith community an equal opportunity to practice religious observance and such activities have no detrimental impacts on the parks. In fact, this is already the standing practice of the New York City Parks Department, which has in the past permitted the construction of sukkahs in Union Square Park and Bryant Park, in addition to activities related to multiple religions across the city. I am confident that the Park’s Department will remain a resource for our city’s many faith traditions, and I look forward to the approval of a permit for the construction of a sukkah in Duane Park. I remain available to you should I be able to assist in this matter in any way. Sincerely,

Scott M. Stringer Manhattan Borough President cc: Community Board 1 Rabbi Zalman Paris, Chabad of Tribeca / SoHo

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