community activism

15 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo

Tell the MTA to Repair and Restore the Kew Gardens, Queens Lefferts Blvd. Bridge

Don't let MTA/LIRR destroy the heart of Kew Gardens! Since the late 1920's the Kew Gardens’ Lefferts Blvd bridge over the Long Island Railroad - home to the mom and pop stores that give the town its character and serve the shopping needs of its residents -  has been the heart of this "Urban Village in the Big City".  MTA and LIRR own the bridge and surrounding real estate. Over 26 years ago the MTA set aside plans to develop a high-rise building over the MTA/LIRR tracks at the Kew Gardens Station.  The MTA abandoned its proposal in the face of unified opposition by the community’s residents, civic associations, and elected officials.  Hundreds of people came together to fight the proposed destruction of the Lefferts Blvd. bridge of stores - the heart of Kew Gardens. The heart of Kew Gardens is once again threatened. The MTA/LIRR is using the results of their intentional neglect as the excuse for a revived attempt to destroy the heart of our community.  This site – a one-of-a-kind structure in New York City and the United States - is now once more the target of destructive development. Too many American “somewheres” have become “nowheres.”  We won’t let Kew Gardens become a “nowhere"!  We demand a full repair and preservation of the Lefferts Blvd bridge and its properties, with community oversight. 

Save Kew Gardens Coalition
5,175 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Development partners

Support Community Benefits Agreement in response to the redevelopment of JFK Airport

The planned $10 billion dollar renovation of John F. Kennedy Airport is expected to bring potential benefits and detriments to the surrounding communities. Sign the petition to support the proposed Community Benefits Agreement that calls for inclusiveness and accountability in the development process. We must come together as a unified community to ensure that the main purpose of economic development is to bring measurable, permanent improvements to the lives of affected residents.  Southeast Queens has historically been a neglected community that falls victim to the economic priorities of others in large-scale government economic development within its borders. While the redevelopment project of John F. Kennedy Airport holds incredible potential to benefit surrounding neighborhoods and sets a goal of 30% utilization of MWBE contractors, no social and economic benefits will be materialized unless the voices and needs of the residents are heard and adhered to. We cannot wait for change to happen. We must make change happen. We must pressure the governor, PA and developers to sign a Community Benefits Agreement that will promote and protect our community’s interests, and to not only ensure that a broad range of community concerns are heard and addressed but promises are made specific, legally binding and enforceable by the community. The proposed Community Benefits Agreement calls for mitigations on negative environmental impact such as noise, pollutant emissions and an economic benefits package that will increase MWBE participation rate and create job opportunities with pre-apprenticeship program, non-construction training, targeted hiring, construction/ non-construction work, concessions, business development & assistance and job readiness & training programs for eligible residents of the Project Impact Area.  Show the governor, PA and developers that we will no longer stand to be excluded from the development process, and that we as a community demand our concerns be addresses and benefits be accrued. Your support will empower the community and help the Community Benefits Agreement to be secured, incorporated in the development process, monitored and enforced. Add your name to the petition and spread the word! Read the Community Benefits Agreement

Center for Community Advancement
19 supporters