Assemblyman Charles D. Fall Pushes For Legislation On Rent-Freeze, Majority Local Governance By Residents Of Battery Park City

In a series of tweets last week, Assemblyman Charles D. Fall (D-Richmond) pinpointed the necessity of protecting affordability and ensuring fairness for residents.  Residents should get a ground rent freeze through 2069, a better deal than Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) gave commercial corporate tenants.

Additionally, the Assemblyman co-sponsored key legislation that addresses these long-standing issues related to ground rent and ground leases, and more importantly, provides majority representation by local Battery Park City residents on the BPCA Board.

“I request Governor Hochul to appoint a local resident within 30 days to fill the vacant Board seat and fill the five holdover seats in the next 60 days.  These appointments will help ensure that input from the Battery Park City community is meaningfully incorporated into the Authority’s governance procedures and decisions.

I stand committed to the residents of Battery Park City in advocating for transformation at the BPCA on a variety of areas surrounding governance, resiliency, ground rent and community input.

I’ve called on the Governor and the Authority to pause on all major decisions until a new board is put in place with majority local representation. I will continue to work with the Governor’s office, my colleagues in the Legislature, and advocates for rapid solutions as we transform Battery Park City governance.” said Assemblyman Charles D. Fall.

Banner Image: Battery Park City Neighborhood Association gathering. Image Credit – BPCA

Assemblyman Charles D. Fall

Assemblymember Charles Fall represents New York’s 61st Assembly District covering the North Shore of Staten Island, where he has resided his whole life. Fall is the first Muslim and African-American Assemblymember elected from Staten Island. He comes from a working-class family of six. His parents immigrated to Staten Island from Guinea, West Africa, and displayed a commitment to improving the lives of those around them. Fall’s legislative priorities revolve around comprehensive strategies to ensure stable and healthier communities. This includes expanding resources for teachers, parents and students to resolve academic disparities, creating affordable housing options, ensuring individuals and families have sufficient health coverage and access to vital services, improving transportation infrastructure and other long-standing community concerns on the North Shore.

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