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April, 2003

 The Udalls Cove Ravine – part of the Udalls Cove Park – is threatened by major housing developments.  In the 30 years since the park was established, the City has acquired nearly a third of the Ravine, but the balance remains in private hands.  Today, at least one owner is planning a development of 18 or more houses.  We believe that other owners are also planning to develop their parcels.   

In January, NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe promised that the City would buy eight parcels in the Ravine threatened with imminent development.  On April 2 we learned that the money for this acquisition, which had been in the Department's FY-03 budget, has been cut, and the City will not honor its promise. 

We know the City is facing serious financial constraints.  But to allow these parcels to be developed would jeopardize the entire natural ecosystem of the Udalls Cove Park and Preserve, and undermine the work – and the significant expenditure – of  more than three decades.  We cannot always choose the time when decisive action is required; we must act now to protect this natural jewel or it will be lost forever.  

This is a crisis. Our elected representatives and appointed government officials need to hear from us, and loudly.  Please write to one or more of the officials listed below.  The local media near to hear from us as well.  Write to the Editor at the Little Neck/Douglaston Ledger, Newsday, or any of the other news publications that serve our area. 

Here are some important addresses:

Hon. George Pataki
State of New York
The Capitol
Albany, New York 12224
Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor of the City of New York
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
Hon. Frank Padavan
New York State Senate
89-37 Gettysburg
Bellerose, N.Y. 11426
Hon. Erin Crotty
New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233
Hon. Adrian Benepe
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
The Arsenal , 1234 Fifth Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10021
Hon. Ann-Margaret Carrozza
New York State Assembly
33-17 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Bayside, New York 11361
Hon. Mary Ellen Kris, Regional Director
New York State Dep’t. of Environmental Conservation Region 2
47-40 21st St.
Long Island City, NY 11101-5407
Hon. Helen Marshall
Queens Borough President
120-55 Queens Blvd.
Kew Gardens, N.Y. 11424
Hon. Tony Avella
New York City Council
38-50 Bell Blvd., Suite C
Bayside, NY 11361
The Little Neck/Douglaston Ledger
41-02 Bell Blvd.
Bayside, N.Y. 11361

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