Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Petition To Extend Carroll Park's Seasonal Worker's Assignment

A few days ago, I was contacted by Andrew Bartolomeo, a Carroll Gardens graphic designer and massage therapist,who is petitioning to keep our current seasonal park worker, Frederick Sweezer, in Carroll Park longer. Frederick is a temporary job training program employee, and his assignment to the park will run out at the end of June.
Andrew writes:
"In 15 years that I have been living here, I have never seen the park maintained as well as it has been since he started in the winter. In addition to the sidewalks and ballfield being cleared of snow, ice and debris, the restrooms have NEVER been taken care of and as clean as they are now. Not even when there was a crew of three or more workers was this accomplished. Mr. Sweezer takes tremendous pride in his work and of the park. It would be a shame to lose him."

Below is his petition, for which he already gotten quite a number of signatures.
6/14/15
To the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation,
We, the undersigned, are taking action in acknowledging the hard work and dedication of Carroll Park worker, CPW Seasonal Frederick Sweezer. His position is seasonal and we are hoping to get his assignment extended.

Carroll Park in Brooklyn has been extremely well maintained since he started earlier this year.
In addition to the sidewalks and ballfield being cleared of snow, ice and debris in the winter, the restrooms have never been taken care of and as clean as they are now.

Mr. Sweezer takes great pride in his work and of the park, and he does this work on his own.
It would be a shame to lose him.
Just for a bit of background: Many of New York City Park's Department workers are temporary job training program employees, who are hired for six month. This means that we are constantly getting new people who take care of Carroll Park.
Some are better than others. Frederick Sweezer has been fantastic.
Friends of Carroll Park, the all volunteer group dedicated to improving the park, has also noticed Frederick's efforts and has just sent a letter to the Parks Department, recommending that he be hired permanently.

If you agree and would like to support Andrew's petition, you can take action by contacting the Parks Department either directly or through 311 online. Here is the link:
http://www.nycgovparks.org/contact-parks.
You can also contact Councilman Brad Lander here
And please, say hi to Frederick the next time you are in Carroll Park and tell him you appreciate his hard work.



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