April 9, 2021
Commissioner Erik Kulleseid
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Albany, NY 12207
Dear Commissioner Kulleseid:
Thank you for your generosity of time, openness, and flexibility as we have collectively navigated the process of redesigning and re-thinking Marsha P. Johnson State Park. We are pleased that your office is engaging deeply with the community and has committed to centering the ideas of the Black trans community and of Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents.
We write regarding the RFP for the Open Food Market Concession that is currently open for applications. Per the meeting with your office, local District Leaders, and numerous community advocates on March 29, we would like to restate our wish to ensure that any contract awarded pursuant to this RFP would be for a one-year term, rather than the five-year term with a possibility to extend for four additional years that the RFP currently contemplates.
Given the undeniably tumultuous rollout of the proposal to renovate the park, and the remaining questions regarding what the physical space will be able to accommodate (since the design is still not final), a term of five to nine years does not seem reasonable. A one-year term will allow us to provide the business that is awarded the contract an opportunity to recover financially after a difficult year, while leaving open the possibility of revisiting what would be the best fit for a longer term, based on the needs of the community and the mission of Marsha P. Johnson State Park.
Based on all of these considerations, we request that you amend the RFP to provide for a one-year term with no extension or otherwise award a contract for no more than one-year.
If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss this matter, please feel free to reach out to either of us directly, or via Eliana Cohen in Senator Kavanagh’s office at 212-298-5565 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrew Epstien in Assemblymember Gallagher’s office at 718-383-7474 or email@example.com.
Senator Brian Kavanagh
Assemblymember Emily Gallagher
cc: Leslie Wright, NYC Regional Director, New York State Parks Department
Phil Capenegro, Chair, Brooklyn Community Board 1 Parks Committee
Kristina Naplatarski, District Leader, AD 50
Emile Bazile, District Leader, AD 50
Felice Kirby, Brooklyn Allied Bars & Restaurants
Dave Rosen, Brooklyn Allied Bars & Restaurants
Anthony Buissereth, North Brooklyn Waterfront Coalition
Lisa Bloodgood, North Brooklyn Waterfront Coalition
Jane Pool, Stop The Plastic Park Group