East Brooklyn Congregation winning battle for Bushwick playground improvements: A two-year battle for improved parks in Bushwick is finally starting to pay off.
Several improvement projects are on the way thanks to residents from the East Brooklyn Congregation, a group of churches and nonprofit organizations, who have been rallying local leaders for better playgrounds. Residents have spent two years lobbying for better park conditions for kids.
Some southeast Queens residents, especially around St. Albans, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens, get the chills every time thunderstorms are looming. Heavy rain, to them, basically means flooding in their homes, lawns and streets.
E. Thomas Oliver, a Laurelton resident for more than 40 years, basically had to pump water out of his basement “24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Rain was bad news.
By Rev. Clyde Ellis, Rev. Keith Savage and Father Gerry Creedon
Hannah Senft, Candy Savannah and Ron Taylor have been neighbors for more than 20 years in Georgetown South, a community of 800 townhomes in Manassas, Virginia. It’s a diverse, working-class suburban neighborhood about 30 miles from the White House.
And it’s being decimated.
The rally was sponsored by the Washington Interfaith Network, a congregation-based community organizing group. Members of the organization said they had been visiting residents at the shelter in the past six weeks, and have been stunned by their stories.
On Tuesday, residents spoke of power outages and uncooked meat served in the cafeteria. One held up a sign saying, “No rats, no roaches.” “I have been sick and my daughter has been sick,” said Bre Archie, 35, who has lived in the shelter for 16 months. “This is no place for children,” she added. “Its stressful for adults.”
As our region continues to recover from the devastation of superstorm Sandy, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg have rightly said that the city and state need to update their infrastructure to deal with the increased likelihood of future flooding. Bloomberg even based his endorsement in the presidential race on President Obama’s position on climate change.