SaveOurParks Press Release 07/19/06
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joyce Hogi (917) 743 0865
Community Calls Foul to Rubber Stamped Rulings
Save Our Parks is outraged but not surprised that within a 24 hour period both the National Park Service and the IRS rubber stamped the approvals needed for the new Yankee Stadium. It took the NPS only two weeks to make a decision, and one of the weeks included July 4th.
It is significant to note that the NPS accepted the assessment by New York State without question, and without reviewing the actual document. In its ruling, the IRS permitted the Yankees to pay off the bonds by making payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOT’s, even though the Yankees don’t pay taxes.
This ruling represents a perversion of the original intent of the PILOT program. This is corporate welfare at its finest, social injustice and environmental racism at its worst. This project represents the destruction of public parkland vital to the health and well being of the surrounding community, the poorest congressional district in the country, also known as “Asthma Alley”.
Save Our Parks, a grassroots community organization, will continue to fight this violation of the public trust in the courts and in the streets. This insensitive and callous land grab concocted by the Yankees and the City of New York represents both class and racial discrimination.
Please join our fight. We need your help both in terms of activism and financial support.
Donations for our legal team can be sent to:
Save Our Parks
PO Box 435
Bronx, NY 10451
Make checks out to our fiscal agent, BCEQ (Bronx Council for Environmental Quality). Please write "Save Our Parks" in the memo.