In Support of the Cross-Harbor Rail Tunnel

On February 24, 2021, DID membership approved a resolution to support the Cross-Harbor Rail Tunnel

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The following letter was included with the resolution:

February 24, 2021

Hon. Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader U.S. Senate and Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator
Hon. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Nydia Velázquez, U.S. Representatives

Dear Reps. Nadler, Maloney, and Velázquez, and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand,

Enclosed please find a Resolution approved by Downtown Independent Democrats General Membership on February 24, 2021:

In Support of the Cross-Harbor Rail Tunnel

Trucks carry 90% of New York City's goods, causing considerable pollution and congestion in Lower Manhattan, disproportionately impacting Black, Asian-American, and brown communities in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Two Bridges neighborhoods. The Federal government has an opportunity to build the Cross-Harbor Rail Tunnel, which will directly connect the industrial ports of Elizabeth, NJ, and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, creating many green new jobs and reducing pollution and congestion across Lower Manhattan.

DID supports the Cross-Harbor Rail Tunnel, including passenger-rail if feasible, and more freight- and passenger-rail lines across NYC and Long Island. We call on Congress to quickly fund this project via budget reconciliation, pending results of the Tier II Environmental Impact Statement. Let's bring green new jobs to New York City and reduce climate impact.


Richard Corman
President, Downtown Independent Democrats


cc: Hon. Andrew Cuomo, NYS Governor
Hon. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Senate Leader
Hon. Carl Heastie, NYS Assembly Speaker
Hon. Brad Hoylman, NYS Senator
Hon. Brian Kavanagh, NYS Senator
Hon. Harvey Epstein, NYS Assembly
Hon. Deborah J. Glick, NYS Assembly
Hon. Yuh-Line Niou, NYS Assembly

Hon. Bill de Blasio, NYC Mayor
Hon. Jumaane Williams, NYC Public Advocate
Hon. Scott Stringer, NYC Comptroller
Hon. Corey Johnson, NYC Council Speaker
Hon. Margaret Chin, NYC Council Member
Hon. Carlina Rivera, NYC Council Member
Hon. Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Tammy Meltzer, Chair, Manhattan Community Board 1
Carter Booth, Chair, Manhattan Community Board 2
Alysha Lewis-Coleman, Chair, Manhattan Community Board 3