NYLCVEF Joins Partners for Two NYC Council Candidate Forums
September 8, 2017
Residents of Council District 18 in the Bronx gathered to hear from city council candidates on September 5th 2017. Candidates are racing to fill the open seat of Council Member Annabel Palma, who is term-limited.
The forum was hosted by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, alongside Waterfront Alliance, New Yorkers for Parks, and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice. Questions were focused on sustainability, resiliency, and environmental justice issues in the community, and were asked by panelists Jose Soegaard of Waterfront Alliance, Emily Walker of NY4P, and David Schuffler of YMPJ. The discussion was moderated by Adriana Espinoza, NYC Program Manager, and opening marks were made by Marcia Bystryn, President of NYLCVEF.
The citizens of District 18, hailing from Soundview, Castle Hill, Parkchester, Clason Point, and Harding Park expressed a variety of concerns during the Q&A session. One resident expressed serious accessibility concerns regarding the lack of elevators at the Parkchester 6 Subway stop. Residents and candidates both shared concerns of access to healthy, sustainable foods. Citizens inquired about the Sheridan Expressway plans, and discussed their daily encounters with heavy truck traffic and subsequent air pollution.
The forum was held to inform voters of each candidate’s position on important environmental issues ahead of the September 12th Primary Election. Search for your polling place here.
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