Petition to Ydanis Rodriguez
Save Inwood Library! Salve la Biblioteca de Inwood!
To Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez: We, a diverse group of parents, students, teachers, seniors, immigrants, workers and professionals from District 10, call on you to oppose the proposed Inwood Library/Housing project that would result in the demolition of the Inwood Library. Inwood Library is essential to our community. It is one of the most heavily utilized branches in the NYPL system. Tens of thousands of Inwood residents use its resources including free bilingual programs, literacy classes, computer skills training, homework help and career counseling. Recently our library underwent a major renovation for a new children's center and expanded computer space. In June 2016, Inwood Library won an award as the best neighborhood branch in Manhattan. Now, the city wants to sell the land to a developer and tear down our library, leaving our community without critical services for years. The city has promised that the developer will build a new library at this site, but has provided no concrete plans for any temporary replacement. We have no guarantee that the library will be replaced by a facility that's similar in scope. Council Member Rodriguez, we call on you to oppose the proposed demolition of Inwood Library, which would cripple the education and future of our children and hurt all of our community. Al Concejal Ydanis Rodriguez: Nosotros, un grupo diverso de padres, estudiantes, maestros, ancianos, inmigrantes, trabajadores y profesionales del Distrito 10, le pedimos que se opongo al propuesto proyecto de biblioteca/vivienda de Inwood que resulataria en la demolicion de la Biblioteca de Inwood. La Biblioteca de Inwood es una parte esencial de nuestra comunidad. Es una de las bibliotecas mas utilizadas del sistema de Bibliotecas Publicas de Nueva York (NYPL). Decenas de miles de residentes de Inwood usan sus recursos, incluyendo programas bilingues gratuitos, clases de leyendo, capacitacion en computadores, ayuda con tareas y asesoria profesional. Recientemente nuestra biblioteca obtuvo una renovacion importante para un nuevo centro para ninos y un espacio para uso de computadoras ampliado. En junio del 2016, la Biblioteca de Inwood gano un premio como la mejor sucursal de barrio en Manhattan. Ahora, la ciudad quiere vender la tierra a una empresa inmobiliaria y derribar nuestra biblioteca, dejando a nuestra comunidad sin servicios criticos durante anos. La ciudad ha prometido que la empresa inmobiliaria construira una nueva biblioteca en el local de la biblioteca, pero no ha proporcionado planes concretos, y no hay planes para ningun reemplazo temporal. No tenemos ninguna garantia de que la biblioteca sera reemplazada por una instalacion del alcance similar. Consejal Rodriguez, le pedimos que se opongo a la propuesta demolicion de la Biblioteca de Inwood, una accion que paralizaria la educacion y el futuro de nuestros hijos y afectaria a toda nuestra comunidad.
Petition to Kristine Callis-Duehl, Bonnie Donleycott
Save the Wilder Woods' Little Free Library
The Flowers Village HOA board has stated that the Little Free Library in Wilders Woods needs to be taken down because it violates the covenants (See email below). We will be petitioning the architectural board on Tuesday and would like to show them that the 'hood supports the library. Email from Kohn-Ell Good afternoon Adrian and Kristine, The board has reviewed your application for the free library and unfortunately it has been denied for the following reasons: Article IV Architectural/Landscaping Section 4.1 which states: 1. This was not submitted prior to installation. Article IV Architectural/Landscaping Section 4.1 which states4.1. General. No structure, thing or improvement shall be placed, erected, installed or posted on the Properties and no improvements or other work (including staking, clearing, excavating, grading and other site work, exterior alterations of existing improvements, or planting or removing of landscaping) shall take place within the Properties, except in compliance with this Article and the Design Guidelines. All such guidelines and procedures set forth in this Article and the Design Guidelines shall be in accordance with the master plan for Flowers Plantation and The Village @ Flowers Plantation to which reference is hereby made. Any Owner may remodel, repaint or redecorate the interior of structures located on the Unit without approval hereunder. However, modifications to the interior of porches, patios and similar structures visible from outside the residential dwelling located on a Unit shall be subject to approval. This Article shall not apply to activities of the Declarant or its affiliates, nor to improvements to the Common Area made by or on behalf of the Association. The failure to comply with the requirements in this Article IV shall entitle the Declarant and/or the Board to exercise the remedies set forth in Section 7.5 of this Declaration 2. This promotes operating business from home which is not allowed per the covenants. Exhibit C Initial Use Restrictions and Rules Section 2 (c ) which states: (c) Business. An Owner or occupant residing in a Unit may conduct business activities within the residential dwelling located on the Unit so long as: (i) the existence or operation of the business activity is not apparent or detectable by sight, sound, or smell from outside the Unit; (ii) the business activity conforms to all zoning requirements for the Properties; (iii) the business activity does not involve excessive visitation of the Unit by clients, customers, suppliers, or other business invitees or door-to-door solicitation of residents of the Properties; (iv) the business activity is consistent with the residential character of the Properties and does not constitute a nuisance, or a hazardous or offensive use, or threaten the security or safety of other residents of the Properties, as may be determined in the sole discretion of the Board; or (v) does not increase the insurance premium paid by the Association or otherwise negatively affect the Association's ability to obtain insurance coverage, regardless of whether: (i) such activity is engaged in full or part-time, (ii) such activity is intended to or does generate a profit, or (iii) a license is required. The board has asked that you remove the free library at this time. Thank You, Bonnie Donleycott firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Dennis Walcott
Return the Mobile Library to Hunters Point, Queens
Since the decommissioning of the mobile library in November 2016, Hunters Point, Queens has been without essential public library service. Queens Library at Hunters Point is not slated to open until September 2017, according to an announcement made by Queens Library President, Dennis Walcott at the February Community Board 2 meeting. When the mobile library was decommissioned in November 2016, the community was told the Hunters Point Library would be open imminently. Hunters Point is now expected to be without public library service for at least 11 months, in total. Another spring and summer without local public library service in Hunters Point is unacceptable. Residents of Hunters Point were promised a public library more than a decade ago. Queens Library must provide mobile library service to the community in the meantime. We request the immediate reinstatement of book mobile service until Hunters Point Library is fully constructed, staffed, and operational. The Hunters Point community deserves regular, accessible public library resources, which the mobile library has already proven it can provide as a stop-gap measure.
Petition to Charlie Baker
Save Reach Out and Read!
Dear Governor Baker, As a family physician, children's book author, and lifelong Massachusetts resident, I am very saddened and disappointed by the recent budget cuts leading to the defunding of Reach Out and Reach in my home state. Per a recent Boston Globe article by Bella English, upwards of 200,000 children per year are touched by this wonderful program in Massachusetts alone. It affects children in low-income communities from my hometown of Fall River, MA to my current place of work in Malden, MA. Children from every corner of our state are being affected by this decision. I currently work at Malden Family Medicine Center in Malden, MA. Our clinic sees thousands of pediatric patients and utilizes the Reach Out and Read program to its fullest extent. It is not uncommon for the parents of one of my pediatric patients to tell me that the only children's books in their home are from us. The books in our health center originate almost exclusively from the Reach Out and Read program. We use them to guide our well child visits, often gaining a great deal of insight about our patients' wellbeing and development while watching them marvel over their brand new copy of "Goodnight Moon." Two years ago, while practicing medicine in Dorchester, MA, I conducted a home literacy survey and discovered that nearly 40% of our pediatric patients under age 6 had fewer than 10 books at home. The defunding of Reach Out and Read will all but ensure that this number worsens with time. Reach Out and Read impressively reaches nearly 5 million families nationwide. We cannot let the Massachusetts chapter of this program go. After all, the program originated at our very own Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center) in 1989! The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) widely regards reading as an integral part of a child's development. Providing books to our patients at every well child check demonstrates that reading is just as important as routine physical examinations and vaccinations. As you know, a child's proficiency in reading is correlated with future academic success and has long-term social and economic implications. Literacy rates are a stronger predictor of a population's health than age, income, race, and employment status. I urge you to please reconsider the defunding of this exceptional program. Sincerely, Kevin R. Gendreau, MD