Today, Daniel “Kid” Squadron laid out his plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park at a press conference on Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street. The Democratic upstart is challenging three decade incumbent NYS Senator Martin Connor in the September 9 primary. Squadron will be on the November ballot regardless of the primary outcome via the Working Families Party.
The Brooklyn Eagle reports on Squadron’s vision of Brooklyn Bridge Park:
Brooklyn Eagle: Connor Opponent: First, Squadron wants Brooklyn Bridge Park to be developed as part of a network of New York Harbor parks, also including Hudson River Park, Governors Island and some parkland on the East River.
Second, and more controversially, he wants to do away with the plan to place high-rise condo buildings at either end of the proposed park – one at Atlantic Avenue, where he held Tuesday’s press conference, and the other at the Manhattan Bridge. Supporters of the park’s official plan say they are necessary to provide a steady flow of revenues for park maintenance and improvements…
…“After years of delay, and a new five-year delay announced just last week, we need new leadership in the state Senate to get this park built,” said Squadron. “Our communities, our borough and our city deserve a real, world-class park with year-round recreation – without having our waterfront turned into a de facto backyard for luxury condo towers.”
Squadron has won the endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg as well as his mentor Sen. Chuck Schumer. Connor discussed the fall election, Schumer’s backing of his opponent and the public manner in which he learned of it as well as other issues facing the 25th State Senate district on last Friday’s The Homer Fink Show (listen now).