Environmental activists are suing Mayor de Blasio and town for allegedly withholding very important data on the $1 billion East Aspect Coastal Resiliency challenge.
The lawsuit from the group East River Park Motion accuses town of “concealing fundamental and basic data” in a report explaining its budgetary and coverage choices on the challenge. They’re demanding the redacted sections of the Worth Engineering Examine for the challenge be made public.
East River Park Motion, which opposes town’s plan to bury East River Park eight to 10 ft of fill after which rebuild it as a flood safety measure, submitted a Freedom of Info Legislation request for the examine. In February, town lastly made public the report — which it first claimed did not exist — on the East River Park reconstruction plan, however redacted dozens of pages of key particulars.
Among the many lacking data was who labored on the “worth engineering examine” and an inventory of benefits and downsides of other building plans.
East River Park Motion filed the lawsuit “to find out how and why town determined to seriously change the plan for flood safety for the Decrease East Aspect and East Village. How did they give you the most costly, huge building challenge potential that fully destroys a much-used city oasis for a low-and-middle earnings neighborhood with out session with anybody in the neighborhood?” mentioned spokesman Pat Arnow.
“We search options that may protect a lot of our East River Park and supply flood safety. A few of these options are outlined within the unredacted sections of the examine. Now we have to see the entire report,” Arnow added.
Legal professionals for town didn’t instantly reply to emails.