Dear Friends of ERFA,
After a three-year battle with this developer — and all that we have stood for and all that we have won, all that we have extended in the form of time, heart, soul and spirit — the Board of Standards & Appeals voted in favor of the developer yesterday and granted it the right to a zoning exception in our neighborhood.
Are we angry? You bet.
Are we going to accept this? Friends, we haven’t worked this hard for this long to roll over and play dead, blithely accepting a ruling from a City agency that is not a proper court and for all intents and purposes, kowtows to the real estate industry. We haven’t worked this hard to lose the very real chance to win!
This is now a matter for the courts, and the outcome will have public policy implications for the entire city. When you’re right, you’re right and so there is nothing left to do but FIGHT!
For those that have been following our story, it was reported by the Daily News, and subsequently followed by other prominent papers, that this developer has been working with the mayor’s own law firm.
ERFA’s official statement to the news media is as follows:
“Today’s decision by the Board of Standards & Appeals comes as no surprise. The East River Fifties Alliance will now take the community’s fight against this monstrous, out-of-place megatower to the courts and away from a City agency. Unfortunately for the community and the city at large, the Board of Standards & Appeals abrogated its responsibilities under the Zoning Resolution, including especially its obligation to independently assess the invalidity of ill-gotten, after-hours work variances and alleged street closure permits that allowed the tower’s developer to engage in a race to complete the foundation. The Board committed multiple errors of law based upon a misapprehension of what the Zoning Resolution provides.”
Please attend our July 12th Town Hall meeting to understand and embrace the next phase of our battle–what it will require both financially and operatively and how it will differ from other phases of our quest to protect the East River Fifties. Find out how you can help.
ERFA stands with the community in helping to preserve the quality of life of the city we know and love.
Please help us ensure that a wrong decision does not overtake the right that this community deserves.
We need your support now more than ever. Please donate now.
ERFA Leadership Committee