BP Stringer Finally Responds to CB3 Suspension of LES Dwellers, Voices Concern
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Borough President Scott Stringer has finally responded to the CB3 suspension of the LES Dwellers, EV Grieve reports today. The letter response to Chairperson Gigi Li and District Manager Susan Stetzer arrived yesterday; Stringer voices concern over the three-month penalty imposed by the advisory board under his oversight.
The LES Dwellers had submitted a formal complaint to Stringer’s office demanding an impartial investigation into the suspension, something the block association calls unconstitutional. It’ll last through the remainder of 2013.
While I understand the view that the organization may have detracted from community input by influencing certain applicants to withdraw from the Board’s process, I do not believe a ‘suspension’ of the organization is the most effective response to such a concern. The act of suspending a community organization for lawful conduct from a program promoting community input without a fully deliberative process has implications for the transparency and fairness of community board governance. For these reasons, I ask that the Board reconsider its current policy of excluding organizations . . . to ensure that its mission of representing and responding to community concerns remains fully transparent and open to public scrutiny.
The full letter is below: