East River Park Advocates Appeal Redacted Resiliency Engineering Report
In a late-day mailer yesterday, East River Park advocates announced an appeal of the heavily redacted Value Engineering Study, the report Mayor de Blasio cited in 2018 when announcing the sudden change in the flood control plan.
East River Park ACTION attorney Jack Lester sent an appeal on March 2 to the City’s Department of Design and Construction, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Parks Department to view the entire Value Engineering Study, not the mostly blacked-out version released last month.
It had taken three years and the accompanying community pressure for the city to release this critical report on the coastal reconstruction plan, which it initially denied existed. A Freedom of Information Law request by the group exhumed this document.
“This crucial and determining public document is being inexplicably covered up by the City of New York,” wrote Lester in the appeal. “The agency determination was both arbitrary and capricious and has denied the public critical information relating to the expenditure of more than $1 Billion of taxpayer money involving a matter of grave public urgency.”