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Public Testimony

The New York City Council, the law-making body of the City of New York, holds oversight hearings to determine how agency programs are working, and whether budgeted funds are being well spent. Parks is regularly asked to testify at these hearings to help share information about our parks, facilities, and programs

2010

Date Committee(s) of the Council, or Other Topic Testimony By
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Parks Oversight - Parks Department Concessions and the Award Process and Introduction Number 21-2010 (identifying location of concessions within a park) Betsy Smith, Assistant Commissioner for Revenue and Marketing

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Thursday, April 15, 2010 Parks Introduction Number 123 of 2010 (Surface areas of playgrounds and playing fields) Thérèse Braddick, Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects

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Thursday, April 15, 2010 Environmental Protection Oversight - Invasive Species Control in New York City Michael Feller, Chief Naturalist

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Parks Fiscal Year 2011 Preliminary Budget Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Parks Introduction Number 4 of 2010 (replacement of trees) Fiona Watt, Assistant Commissioner for Forestry and Horticulture

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2009

Date Committee(s) of the Council, or Other Topic Testimony By
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Waterfronts Oversight – Improving Public Recreational Boating Access in the New York City Waterfront Dorothy Lewandowski, Queens Borough Commissioner; and Keith Kerman, Assistant Commissioner for Operations

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Monday, November 23, 2009 Parks & Recreation, Mental Health Oversight – Are Parks Serving All People? An Update on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities Nancy Barthold, Assistant Commissioner for Recreation & Programming

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Friday, October 30, 2009 Parks & Recreation Introduction Number 1083–A (requiring local representation on park conservancies) Tupper Thomas, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Partnerships

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Parks & Recreation, Civil Rights Oversight – Update: Going Forward After Wright vs. Stern Robert Garafola, Deputy Commissioner for Management and Budget

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Thursday, September 24, 2009 Parks & Recreation Introduction Number 1047 (replacement of trees) Fiona Watt, Assistant Commissioner for Forestry and Horticulture

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Parks & Recreation Oversight: Update on Community Gardens Jack Linn, Assistant Commissioner and Senior Counselor

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Thursday, May 21, 2009 Parks & Recreation Introduction Number 916 (regulating removal of tree from private property); and Introduction Number 927 (unlawful damage or removal of trees within a Special Natural Area District) Michael Schnall, Director of Government Relations

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Finance, Parks & Recreation Fiscal Year 2010 Executive Budget Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Parks & Recreation Oversight – Status of Yankee Stadium Replacement Parks Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner

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Thursday, April 23, 2009 Parks & Recreation, Cultural Affairs Oversight - Challenges Preserving New York's Living Collections Robert Garafola, Deputy Commissioner for Management and Budget

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 Parks & Recreation Fiscal Year 2010 Preliminary Budget Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009 Parks & Recreation, Transportation, Governmental Operations Street Trees and Sidewalks: Assessing the Parks and Recreation Pilot Program and Considering City Liability Fiona Watt, Assistant Commissioner for Forestry and Horticulture

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Monday, February 09, 2009 Parks & Recreation Introduction 739 of 2008 (Prohibiting the use of certain synthetic turf on surfaces used for recreational purposes); Introduction 896 of 2008 (Requiring signage warning of heat dangers of playground mats); and Introduction 918 of 2009 (Surface Areas of Playgrounds and Playing Fields) Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009 Parks & Recreation Oversight: From Conception to Completion: Overview of a Parks Capital Project Therese Braddick, Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects

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2008

Date Committee(s) of the Council, or Other Topic Testimony By
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Parks & Recreation Oversight – Status of MillionTreesNYC Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner; and Fiona Watt, Assistant Commissioner for Forestry and Horticulture

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Friday, October 24, 2008 Parks & Recreation, Civil Rights Oversight– Going Forward After Wright v. Stern: How to Ensure No Future Discrimination in the Parks Department Robert Garafola, Deputy Commissioner for Management and Budget

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Monday, September 22, 2008 Parks & Recreation Oversight – Status of the Possible Athletic Fields on Randall's Island William Castro, Manhattan Borough Commissioner

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Sub–committee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses High Line Park Michael Bradley, High Line Administrator

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008 Parks & Recreation Oversight – Status of Yankee Stadium Replacement Parks Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner

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Thursday, June 19, 2008 Parks & Recreation Highland Park and Ridgewood Reservoir: A discussion on the restoration and enhancement of a community resource Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Thursday, June 12, 2008 Parks & Recreation Introduction 699A (provision of an annual report on funding for New York City parks) Michael Schnall, Director of Government Relations

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Thursday, May 22, 2008 Finance, Parks & Recreation Executive Budget Hearings for Fiscal Year 2009 Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008 Parks & Recreation Introduction Number 699 (requiring the Mayor to provide an annual report of funding and/or goods and services by non-governmental entities to New York City parks) Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner

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Friday, April 18, 2008 Parks & Recreation Introduction Number 677 (prohibiting objects containing glass packaging or containers on or within 150 feet of a beach) Kevin Jeffrey, Deputy Commissioner for Public Programs; and Betsy Smith, Assistant Commissioner for Revenue and Marketing

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises Hearing on Street Trees Text Amendment Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner

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Thursday, March 19, 2009 Parks & Recreation Preliminary Budget Hearings for Fiscal Year 2009 Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Parks & Recreation Introduction 674A (requiring the city of New York to prune trees, bushes and other vegetation that obstruct traffic control signals or devices) Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner

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Thursday, February 14, 2008 Sanitation & Solid Waste Management Oversight – the results of the pilot program conducted by the Department Sanitation to collect recyclable material from public areas; and Intro. No. 673 (in relation to establishing a one-year pilot program for recycling in certain parks) Keith Kerman, Chief of Operations

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Monday, February 11, 2008 Parks & Recreation Introduction 674 (requiring NYC to prune trees that block traffic signs or signals within three days of notification) Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner

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Monday, February 11, 2008 Parks & Recreation Oversight – Tree Planting, Tree Pruning, and other Greening Programs Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner; and Fiona Watt, Chief of Forestry

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Parks & Recreation Oversight – Crime Prevention and Safety Issues in City Parks Kevin Jeffrey, Deputy Commissioner for Public Programs

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2007

Date Committee(s) of the Council, or Other Topic Testimony By
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 New York City Planning Commission Street Tree Text Amendment Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner

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Thursday, December 13, 2007 Parks & Recreation Oversight – The Use of Artificial Turf in City Parks Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007 Parks & Recreation Oversight: The Department of Parks and Recreation's Lifeguard Program Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007 Parks & Recreation Oversight – Parks Department Concessions and the Award Process Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Friday, October 19, 2007 Environmental Protection Wetlands Transfer Task Force Recommendations Bill Tai, Director of the Natural Resources Group

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007 Waterfronts Oversight: All the Angles: Fishing in New York Harbor – Consumption, Conservation, and Commercial Fishing Kevin Jeffrey, Deputy Commissioner for Public Programs

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Monday, September 24, 2007 Parks & Recreation Oversight – Community Gardens and Operation of Green Thumb Jack Linn, Assistant Commissioner and Senior Counselor

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007 Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses Barretto Point Park Joshua Laird, Assistant Commissioner for Planning

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Thursday, June 14, 2007 Parks & Recreation, Waterfronts Oversight – From Industrial Uses to Parkland: Adapting the Waterfront Joshua Laird, Assistant Commissioner for Planning

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Thursday, June 07, 2007 State and Federal Legislation Fresh Kills Park Eloise Hirsh, Adminstrator of Fresh Kills Park

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Thursday, May 17, 2007 Finance, Parks & Recreation Executive Budget Hearings for Fiscal Year 2008 Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Environmental Protection Oversight: The use of biofuels in New York City: opportunities and obstacles Keith Kerman, Chief of Operations

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Thursday, March 01, 2007 Parks & Recreation Oversight: The City's PLANYC 2030 sustainability goal to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10–minute walk of a park and how best to achieve it. Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner

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Monday, February 26, 2007 Environmental Protection Introduction 505 (Extension of Wetlands Transfer Task Force) Bill Tai, Director of the Natural Resources Group

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Parks & Recreation Oversight on the status of the possible exclusive use of the athletic fields on Randall&s Island by NYC Private Schools Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007 Waterfronts Oversight – Managing the Erosion of City Beach Properties Dorothy Lewandowski, Queens Borough Commissioner

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2006

Date Committee(s) of the Council, or Other Topic Testimony By
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 Parks & Recreation Oversight – Greener NY: A Look into Parks' Tree Planting Strategy and Other Greening Programs Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006 Veterans Introduction 230 of 2006 Jack Linn, Assistant Commissioner and Senior Counselor

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Thursday, October 12, 2006 Parks & Recreation, Mental Health Wheelchair Accessibility in New York City Parks Nancy Barthold, Assistant Commissioner for Recreation and Programming

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006 Parks & Recreation, Waterfronts Marinas and Public Boat Landings Keith Kerman, Chief of Operations

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Thursday, September 07, 2006 Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting & Martime Landmark Designation of Astoria Pool and Orchard Beach John Krawchuk, Director of Historic Preservation

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 Environmental Protection Preconsidered Introduction (Extension of Wetlands Transfer Task Force) Bill Tai, Director of the Natural Resources Group

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