NY Mayor To Hold Community Forums

(NEW YORK, NY) – Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a series of community conversations to gather ideas from New Yorkers to inform the Earth Day 2011 update to PlaNYC. The community conversations are one part of the community outreach strategy for the 2011 PlaNYC update, which will give New Yorkers in all five boroughs an opportunity to share their ideas on how to create a greener, greaterNew York. For the 2011 update, the PlaNYC team seeks to surpass the over 150 organizations and thousands of New Yorkers involved in the creation of PlaNYC in 2006. Because of Local Law 17 of 2008, sponsored by the Administration and signed by the Mayor, regular updates to PlaNYC are required. Released on Earth Day 2007, PlaNYC was designed to accommodate a projected population growth of one million New Yorkers over the next 20 years while enhancing the quality of life, protecting public health and the environment, creating economic opportunities, and combating climate change. 

“We are transforming our City through PlaNYC, and we now have the opportunity to review and improve on that transformation,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Government can’t do it alone; we need the input and support of the public. We will only achieve the ambitious goals set forth in PlaNYC with the ideas, energy, and involvement of our communities. I invite all New Yorkers to take part in shaping our city and our future.”

“After four years of implementation, it is time to refresh PlaNYC and identify new and innovative ways to achieve our goals,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith. “No one has a monopoly on good ideas. For PlaNYC to improve quality of life and create economic opportunity, we need the active participation of our citizens.”

“I am eager to hear the ideas New Yorkers have about improving quality of life and public health in our City,” said Sustainability Director David Bragdon. “This is a unique chance to shape next year’s update to PlaNYC, which will be our guide to making sustainable decisions to improve neighborhoods for years to come.”

Community Conversations on PlaNYC have been scheduled in North Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, Western Queens, and Lower Manhattan. Additional events will be held in Eastern Queens, Upper Manhattan and South Brooklyn this fall. Details for each of the forums as well as future events will be posted on the PlaNYC website. In addition, those interested in providing input, and unable to attend the public forums, can do so online at www.nyc.gov.

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