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Demand an End to Real Estate Loopholes

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  • The future of Central Park is threatened by large, dark shadows that are cast by superscrapers.

  • The New York State Legislature must pass A2128/S2016 !!!

  • This bill will eliminate the most egregious loopholes in zoning.

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Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and Senator Robert Jackson are working on the "the loophole bill" now.

Call your Assemblymember and Senator 

Urge them to co-sponsor this legislation!

Click here to find your Senator.

Click here to find your Assemblymember.

  • The State must act because the City Council effort to limit mechanical voids in 2018 didn’t go far enough; they were severely limited by City Planning. In fact their efforts may have codified the practice of using empty spaces to gain excessive heights.

  • For a City starved for affordable housing Super Towers that are filled with empty space are counter productive.

  • We know that real estate will be an important part of our recovery, we just hope we don’t sell out our environment in the process.

  • Let them know it's important that this bill gets out of committee to the floor for a vote.

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Fire Fighters Warn of Dangers Associated with Voids! 
Contact the Leadership in Albany and Convey the Urgency of Voting on A2128 and S2016

Read the memo from the Uniformed Firefighters Association warning about "dangerous phantom floors" aka voids here.  ... don't wait for a catastrophe to act! 

 

Senator Steven Kavanagh
Kavanagh@nysenate.gov
518-455-2625 (Albany)
718-875-1517 (District)
212-298-5565 (Manhattan)
 
Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz
Cymbros@assembly.state.ny.us
518-455-5214 (Albany)
718-743-4078 (District)
 
Assembly Member Carl E. Heastie
Speaker of the House

Speaker@nyassembly.gov
518-455-3791 (Albany)
718-654-6539 (District)
 
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Senate Majority Leader and Temporary President
scousins@nysenate.gov
518-455-2585 (Albany)
914-423-4031 (District)

 

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Sample Letter:

It is urgent that A2128/S2016 be voted on this session. Developers are in a race to the top while residents of the City are subjected to lingering shadows in parks and neighborhoods. The out-of-context Mega-Towers are fraying the neighborhood fabric and they present a danger to FDNY responders and tenants alike. Please be proactive now ... don't wait for a catastrophe to act!

Firefighters have warned of the hazards presented by voids to both FDNY and residents. They believe such developments present an unnecessary danger and do not have a reasonable purpose.

To be clear, the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) favor the developer and give the "green light" even when the DOB admits it made a mistake (200 Amsterdam) or when the BSA acknowledges that the DOB failed in its analysis of "mechanical spaces" (50 West 66th.) There are too many similar examples and it is up to the State to step in. This amendment to the Multiple Dwelling Law as proposed will close the most egregious loopholes.

other ways to get involved

Contribute to Landmark West!'s advocacy efforts  opposing Supertalls and exploitation of zoning loopholes.  Click here

Go to your local Community Board Land Use Meeting.  Find out what they are doing to prevent SuperTalls in your neighborhood! Ask that they pass a resolution similar to CB7’s which demands closure of loopholes (click here to see CB7 Resolution).

Click here to find your local community board.

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