NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the resignation of Martha Gallo, the only Battery Park City resident on the Authority Board:
"For years, Martha has been a dedicated member of the BPCA Board, with the unenviable role as its sole member who resides in Battery Park City. Martha's resignation means that almost half of the Board's seats are vacant, and that no local residents serve on the Board.
"Local representation is a simple concept emulated across the city, state, country, and the world. With the resignation of the sole local resident from the BPCA Board, local representation is as critical as ever.
"I urge the Senate to pass my legislation requiring local representation on the Board, along with Assemblymembers Glick and Niou. And I continue my call to the Governor to fill vacancies on the Board with local residents.
"Thank you to Martha for her years of service to the BPC community."
Squadron sponsors S.130 (A.4002-Glick/Niou), which 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.