Immediately after the announcement of the proposal to hold trials for accused 9/11 terrorists in Lower Manhattan, I pushed for a public discussion with NYPD of whether the community could bear the measures needed to secure Lower Manhattan and Chinatown. Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD deserve credit for facilitating that discussion. While civilian federal court is the correct venue for terrorist trials, the current proposal shows that holding these trials at 500 Pearl Street would have devastating consequences for our community.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Borough President Scott Stringer, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and City Councilmember Margaret Chin sent the following letter (also attached), regarding the federal trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other accused terrorists, to United States Attorney General Eric Holder:
About 60 tenants in three Lower East Side New York City Housing Authority projects who have been without gas for their kitchen stoves for several months finally got a hearing on May 5 when state Sen. Daniel Squadron stepped into the picture.
It took four months for gas to be restored to the 17 apartments in the C line of the building at 182 South St. in the Alfred Smith Houses where a leak on a gas coupling in the basement cut off service on Jan. 20. Tenants had to cook on hot plates supplied by NYCHA until May 7 when gas service was restored.