Protect Governors Island

On December 7, 2020, DID membership approved a Resolution to Protect Governors Island.

Read the Resolution

The following letter was included with the resolution:

December 7, 2020

Hon. Bill de Blasio
Mayor of New York City
Hon. Gale Brewer
Manhattan Borough President
Hon. Corey Johnson
NYC Council Speaker
Hon. Margaret Chin
NYC Council Member

Dear Mayor de Blasio, Borough President Brewer, and Council Member Chin,

Enclosed please find a Resolution approved by Downtown Independent Democrats General Membership on December 7, 2020:

Resolution to Protect Governors Island

The Trust for Governors Island (the “Trust”), an instrument of New York City, has presented a major development plan encompassing 45% of the southern portion of Governors Island. This plan would create 4.5 million sq. ft. of development with 300 foot tall buildings along parts of the waterfront that will vastly diminish public views, island use and access justified by unclear financial need, uncertain gain yet at potential large taxpayer cost.

DID urges the City to withdraw this plan and reassess this and any future development proposal to reflect a reprioritization such that public open space takes precedence over real estate development.


Richard Corman
President, Downtown Independent Democrats


cc: Hon. Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator
Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator
Hon. Carolyn Maloney, U.S. Representative
Hon. Jerrold L. Nadler, U.S. Representative
Hon. Nydia Velázquez, U.S. Representative
Hon. Andrew Cuomo, NYS Governor
Hon. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Sen. Leader
Hon. Carl Heastie, NYS Assembly Speaker
Hon. Brad Hoylman, NY State Senator
Hon. Brian Kavanagh, NY State Senator
Hon. Deborah J. Glick, NY State Assembly
Hon. Yuh-Line Niou, NY State Assembly
Hon. Scott M. Stringer, NYC Comptroller
Hon. Jumaane Williams, NYC Public Advocate
Tammy Meltzer, Chair, Manhattan Community Board 1