Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Invites NYC Mayoral Candidates To Discuss Sea Level Rise -- On A Boat

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, which encompasses over 620 organizations with ties to our regional waterways,  is serious about Sea Level Rise. And they want New York City's Mayoral Candidates to know exactly how serious they are.  That's why the Alliance is hosting its mayoral candidate forum on a boat.
It's a novel idea.  Perhaps, Gowanus residents can hold a forum and take the candidates out onto the polluted canal in canoes?  I would love to see De Blasio (who never came out in favor of the EPA Superfund for the polluted canal when he was our Councilman) navigate his way through the toxic waterway.  Wouldn't you?

Read on:
On April 9, 2013, leading candidates for the office of Mayor of New York City will gather at the invitation of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance to debate, for the first time, the challenge of sea level rise and the future of the City's waterfront. And they'll be doing it on a boat.
NY City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, NYC Comptroller John C. Liu, former NYC Comptroller William C. Thompson and Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. will participate in a Mayoral Candidates Forum that will launch the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance 2013 Waterfront Conference.
The forum will be moderated by Christopher O. Ward, chairman of the MWA Board of Directors and former executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Each candidate will give a brief statement describing his or her vision for the waterfront, and then will receive questions from an all-star audience of activists and policy-makers.
"Making the City's shoreline more resilient is the most pressing issue of our time," said Roland Lewis, MWA's president and chief executive officer. "We're thrilled that the leading candidates to be the next Mayor of New York City will join us on April 9 to tell us about their commitment for a safe and accessible waterfront, post-Sandy."
The forum and conference takes place aboard Entertainment Cruises's Spirit of New Jersey, dockside in the morning at Pier 61/Chelsea Piers (23rd Street). The vessel will leave for a harbor lunch cruise and more panels in the afternoon headlined by topics including the Future of Ferries, How to Protect the Harbor, and What Went Right.
All information pertaining to the event can be found here.

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