On December 8, 2021, DID Executive Committee, recognizing the enormous community impact of this project, issued a letter calling for the City Council to hold a public hearing on the East Side Coastal Resiliency project.
The letter opened with this:
To Council Members Chin and Rivera, CM-elect Marte, Borough President Brewer, BP-elect Levine, Speaker Johnson, Resiliency & Waterfronts Committee Chair CM Justin Brannan, Environmental Protection Committee Chair CM James Gennaro, and Contracts Committee Chair CM Ben Kallos:
We are writing to amplify this message from our Lower East Side constituents and communities: Lower East Side residents need our City Council representatives to hold a public hearing on the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. The City must address urgent project-related issues, and ensure that this project meets the environmental, resiliency, health, safety, contractual and other standards and requirements essential for a project of such impact.