A big thank you to all who attended Saturday’s rally for a Verrazano Bridge pathway! The Harbor Ring welcomed almost 150 advocates to the Alice Austen House on that beautiful October morning. We created quite a buzz the week prior, with press from the New York Times, CBS, and NBC, and grew to over 3,600 signatures on our petition. Check out more at harborring.org/presscoverage!
The Harbor Ring was honored to see the overwhelming support from the community, as well as from city and state leadership. We heard from:
Senator Marty Golden
Allen Cappelli, MTA Board
Laura Barlament, Transportation Alternatives SI Activist Committee Chair
Janice Monger, Executive Director of the Alice Austen House
Douglas Adams, COO of Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
Councilmember Vincent Gentile
Mike Shane, SI artist and photographer
Mark Vogt, President of SI Athletic Club
Valene Hathaway, NY Wheel Associate
Assemblymember Michael Cusick
Senator Golden of Bay Ridge gave strong words of support, acknowledging a Verrazano–Narrows Bridge bike/ped path “is long overdue.” MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli echoed the sentiment, declaring, “I believe it is the right thing to do.” Even Assemblymembers Nicole Malliotakis and Joseph Borelli, and Brooklyn Brorough President Eric Adams, who were not able to attend, passed along their words of support for a Verrazano path.
Advocates jumped at the chance to show their support:
And we couldn’t have done it without our awesome volunteers: Linda, John and Roy from the SI Bicycling Association, and John from the T.A. SI Activist Committee!
More amazing photos of the day can be found at http://bit.ly/HarborRingRallyPics, and on Twitter under #WalkBikeVerrazano. Video clips are also on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for more ways you can take action and get involved in the Harbor Ring!
Thanks again to our awesome advocates, our excellent elected officials and community leaders, and our super supporters for making the Harbor Ring’s rally for a Verrazano Bridge path a success! With your help, we will build this path once and for all!