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2016 - Keep Lincoln Towers Together at PS 199

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I strongly support the August 2016 position letter of the eight Lincoln Towers Cooperative Corporations detailing the following.

Lincoln Towers is a close-knit community of eight constituent buildings with many shared resources including common community grounds, common shared playgrounds, communally supported staff, common off-hour building management coverage, its own non-profit organization, Project Open, providing Lincoln Towers-wide community services and special events, and a very active Community Association (Lincoln Towers Community Association - LTCA).

Our community dates back to the 1960s and has historic ties to PS199. The school, which adjoins our community property, was established originally to serve the envisioned Lincoln Towers community, as conceived by the 1950s Urban Renewal Plan for Lincoln Square. Our community has provided exceptionally strong volunteer and supplementary financial support to PS199 over its history and, the ongoing support of the entire community, has been a major if not decisive factor in PS199’s high level of success. 

We are very troubled by the most recent PS199 rezoning proposal, which would move 2 of our 8 buildings (165 and 185 West End Avenue) out of the PS199 zone. We are equally concerned that past proposals have divided the Lincoln Towers buildings between different school zones and that in the future there could be yet another proposed division of our community. 

For these reasons, we, the members of the Lincoln Towers community, consider it essential that the Department of Education, through the CEC, recognize and respect the single-community nature of Lincoln Towers and its strong ties to PS199. Furthermore, we encourage the DOE, through the CEC, to reject the current proposals, continue to explore plans which achieve the DOE’s laudable objectives, but in the end, adopt only those plans, now and in the future, which include a PS199 zone containing the entirety of the Lincoln Towers community, with all its eight constituent buildings, together, as the one community unit which it is.

This petition will be delivered to:
Community Education Council for District 3 -
Office of District Planning -
Kim Watkins (CEC3 First VP and Zoning Committee Chair) -
Elizabeth Rose (DOE Deputy Chancellor) – 
Joe Fiordoliso, President of CEC3:
DOE Panel for Educational Policy (PEP):
Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, NYC DOE
District 3 Planning:
Ilene Altschul (District 3 Superintendent) - 
Helen Rosenthal (NY City Council) - 
Linda Rosenthal (NY State Assembly);
Gale Brewer (Manhattan Borough President) -
Elizabeth R. Caputo, Chair, Community Board 7 Manhattan -
Hon. Jerrold Nadler:
Hon. Scott Stringer:
DOE Panel for Educational Policy (PEP): 
Manhattan Zoning: 
Laura Zingmond, PEP Manhattan Rep:
Fred Baptiste, PEP Contracts Committee Chair:
Isaac Carmignani, PEP Contracts Committee Member:
T. Elzora Cleveland, PEP Member:
Deborah Dillingham, PEP Contracts Committee Member, Queens Representative:
Vanessa Leung, PEP Chair:
Gary Linnen, PEP Member:
Kamillah Payne-Hanks, PEP Staten Island Representative:
Brad Hoylman, State Senator:
Laura Acosta:
Ursulina Ramirez, DOE Chief Operating Officer:
Melissa Harris, DOE:


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