In the entire era of lack of leadership and poor decision-making regarding the mess that is the fight to save Pier 40, one opportunity has not arisen. Until now.
And it’s the last chance for a Major League Soccer solution on Pier 40.
I’m writing this post to seek urgent financial support for a brave, and bravely independent young candidate in the New York State Assembly race, 66th District. Alexander Meadows.
His candidacy matters. Both to my beloved Greenwich Village, and my equally beloved Pier 40, Greenwich Village’s most threatened public sports/park resource. If you’re here you are likely aware of the Hudson River Park/Pier 40 fiscal crisis, or involved with soccer as a parent, player, or fan. If not, feel free to see all of my earlier posts, particularly the four titled “A Brief History…” for a fuller picture.
Alex Meadows is a New York City Community Board 2 member. Like his opponent, the vocal but increasingly ineffective 24+ year incumbent, Deborah Glick, he is a Village Independent Democrat. Unlike her, he actually is independent of the distressingly entrenched Albany machine. He will run independently, on the Progressive ballot line.
In regard to saving Pier 40, he will not simply say “no” to every potential solution, and just sit around and wait for a miracle. He will bring non-housing, NON AIR RIGHTS TRANSFER solutions to the table, and press the community to do so as well. “No” is not an alternative solution. Major League Soccer can be.
In the past I have been a staunch Glick supporter. But she has dismissively ignored calls to address her recent record of high-profile failures and secret deals, including the devastating loss of Saint Vincent’s Hospital, and her late-night alteration of the Hudson River Park Trust Act last June, with no community notification or assent. Glick is set to transfer Pier 40 air rights in exchange for Pier 40 repair cash, a one time deal, with no future maintenance revenue sharing. She has done this secretly and hypocritically, weakening further a conservancy-creating law, the Hudson River Park Act, that she could not prevent before its inception in 1998. Utter community betrayal.
Glick has had no legitimate primary or general election challenger for two decades. With continued corruption and secretive sexual harassment settlements and litigation in Albany, with Saint Vincent’s lost, and with Pier 40 threatened, it is long past time to unseat this reactive and subordinate Assembly member. The time to unseat her is Nov. 4, so time is of the essence!
Alex Meadows is open to a modest pro soccer park being the financial solution to Pier 40/Hudson River Park; insuring that the pier survives, and that at least 50% of the pier, 7 1/2 acres!, remains public/green/youth sports space, as the Trust Act requires. He can insure future park and pier maintenance revenues, our last hope for a fiscally prudent, favorably leveraged, sports oriented solution for saving Pier 40. Greenwich Village can’t be a dusty trophy on a glass shelf. HELP SAVE PIER 40, while giving Major League Soccer the chance to prove itself in New York City proper, where it belongs.
The future of Pier 40 as a community and youth sports mecca and neighborhood park is at stake on November 4.
www.alexforny.com will link you to online and check/mailed donation information.