ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the Assembly’s bipartisan passage of the bill to require a community majority on the Battery Park City Authority Board (S.130/A.4002 - Glick/Niou), which Squadron authored and carries in the Senate:
“Yet again, the Assembly has affirmed what the residents of Battery Park City know all too well: community voices have a critical perspective in local government.
“The recent resignation of Martha Gallo -- the sole Battery Park City resident on the board -- has made a structure that highlights and prioritizes community voices all the more urgent. With the Assembly’s second passage, it is crucial the Senate acts.
“Thank you to Assemblymembers Glick and Niou, Speaker Heastie, the Assembly, CB1, and the countless BPC community members who've supported this bill.”
The Squadron/Glick/Niou bill would require a majority of the Battery Park City Authority Board to be community members. Appointments to the BPCA are comprised of seven members nominated by the Governor with approval by the State Senate. Squadron has long spoken and voted against non-local appointees.