Update from the East River Fifties Alliance
Alan Kersh, Jessica Osborn, Robert Shepler, and Lisa Mercurio
Thanks to one and all for attending the September 6, 2018 Town Hall. We were excited to have NY1 attend and cover the updates and experience the passion and steadfast resolve of our community to win our land-use battle. We were also thrilled to have Councilmember Ben Kallos attend and speak and cannot express our gratitude enough to him and all of the elected officials that have helped us arrive at this important juncture.
Many questions regarding our Article 78 filing were posed. If you are interested in reviewing the document itself, you can find it HERE.
Those who attended the meeting also raised questions regarding what to expect next and what they can do.
EYES and EARS on the STREET
It is possible that construction at the 430 East 58th St. site will begin shortly. In that event, and pending the outcome of ERFA’s request for a temporary restraining order to halt all construction until the outcome of our legal challenge has been resolved, you must remain vigilant to infractions and report violations. The Department of Buildings allows for construction Monday to Friday between 7 am – 6 pm. Construction done outside of those hours on weekdays, or at any time on weekends, without a permit specifically allowing it (known as an after-hours variance, or “AHV”) is not allowed. We will let you know if and when AHVs are issued for weekend and late hours work.
Emergencies should be reported to 911. For ALL complaints (that are not emergencies) regarding or resulting from ongoing construction,
contact 311. This is critical since the 311 system is the only vehicle that the City uses to track complaints and violations. If there are multiple complaints about a problem, the City takes special notice. Complaints are also a factor in deciding whether to grant a variance allowing for after hours and weekend work.
Our formal hearing in front of our judge regarding our Article 78 filing is scheduled for October 11th. Please stay tuned for further confirmation and details regarding that date.
While this will not be a speaking opportunity, it is important for our community to appear in numbers. We welcome everyone’s attendance. Please mark your calendars accordingly.
As always, ERFA depends on your generous contributions to save the character and beauty of our residential neighborhood. Please HELP US KEEP THE FIGHT ALIVE. Please donate now.