Rep. Maloney Applauds Mayor Bill de Blasio For Committing $284 Million To East River Esplanade Repairs
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), founder and Co-Chair of the East River Esplanade Task Force, applauded New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio for committing $284 million to East River Esplanade repairs during his State of the City address. The East River Esplanade has endured a series of sinkhole collapses and disrepair issues that the Congresswoman has worked to address.
“I applaud Mayor De Blasio for recognizing the need to repair the East River Esplanade and committing $284 million to this project. All along the East River Esplanade, structural integrity is in disrepair. Sinkholes have prevented New Yorkers from accessing this precious green space, and forcing cyclists and pedestrians to share narrow patches of pavement — creating a dangerous bottleneck. As the Founder and Co-Chair of the East River Esplanade Task Force with Councilmember Ben Kallos, I remain committed to improving the esplanade and providing much-needed repairs. NYC Parks are integral to the well-being of our city, and we must ensure that they continue to be safe and accessible for all New Yorkers."
Congresswoman Maloney founded the East River Esplanade Task Force in 2010 with former Council Member Jessica Lappin and now serves as the Co-Chair alongside Council Member Ben Kallos.
In 2019, she proudly joined Mayor De Blasio, Borough President Gale Brewer, and Council Member Ben Kallos to announce $198 million in funding for ongoing repairs for the East River Esplanade.
In an August 3 letter, she wrote to Commissioner Silver calling for a full and complete inspection of the East River Esplanade following the sudden collapse of portions of the promenade resulting in a dangerous sinkhole at East 76th Street in mid-July. The Congresswoman also requested that the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation attend a virtual meeting with the East River Esplanade Task Force to create a plan for how the City can best address esplanade decay.
In October, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation completed the East 76th Street sinkhole repair.