What a terrific demonstration of bottom-up, grassroots organizing in action: Radiating out from Long Beach, Long Island, the chorus of voices against the Port Ambrose LNG project is amping up in a big way: Not only did we knock it out of the park at the January 7th hearings, there are four new fantastic developments this week alone:
1) The appointment of Senator Brad Hoylman as the ranking Democrat on the State Senate Environmental Committee is a very positive development on any level, and especially for those of us interested in stopping Port Ambrose. Hoylman has been a progressive voice since he was part of the West Village community board (where he opposed the Spectra pipeline). Now, together with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, Hoylman has drafted a state legislative sign-on letter to Cuomo opposing Port Ambrose. In coming weeks it will be important for us to be calling our reps to make sure they get a high number of signatories.
2) Not only have the City of Long Beach and Assembly Member Todd Kaminsky sent a letter to Governor Cuomo against Port Ambrose, now, County and Congressional representatives have joined the opposition. This means we now have formal opposition in Nassau at the city, county, state, and federal levels. Congresswoman Kathleen Rice joined Kaminsky, Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, and Long Beach City Council President Anthony Eramo, at a press conference Thursday calling on Governor Cuomo to veto Port Ambrose. LI Herald photo at left courtesy of Congresswoman Kathleen Rice.
3) Most surprising, for those of us who know him as a pro-fracking conservative, State Senator Dean Skelos has written his own letter to Cuomo opposing Port Ambrose.
4) And, on Thursday, January 22nd, at 1pm, NYC Council Chair of the Environmental Committee, Donovan Richards, will introduce a resolution against Port Ambrose.
With all this momentum we stand a very good chance of winning on Port Ambrose! Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this effort and to everyone who can jump on board now and help us nail this thing! What we need now is to get other towns in Nassau and all of Suffolk County on board. Support from the five boroughs and upstate is needed to show Cuomo that the entire state opposes Port Ambrose and wants wind off Long Island, not LNG.
So here's what to do: Be at City Hall Council Chambers (through security gate inside City Hall park) on Thursday at 1pm to support Councilman Richards!
CLICK THIS LINK: Get Your Rep Involved | Use the sample letters to get your own reps involved. We'll post links to the NYC reso and the state sign on letter as soon as available!