Rep. Maloney Statement on Sunnyside Yard Master Plan
NEW YORK, NY– Responding to the release of the Sunnyside Yard Master Plan, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement.
“I will not stop fighting to ensure that the Sunnyside Yard project meets the current and future needs of Queens residents, is a holistic approach, and is driven by community priorities.
“The first step in this decades-long plan must prioritize infrastructure investments, and I am encouraged that the Master Plan includes the Sunnyside Station in its first phase.
“Long Island Railroad, Amtrak and NJ Transit are already coming into Long Island City’s Sunnyside Yard, and with Penn Station Access under construction to bring Metro North through the Yard, it would be shortsighted to allow so many transit system to converge without providing station access for passengers. Creating this transportation hub will allow many new economic opportunities, while servicing a neighborhood that suffers from a lack of investment.
“Sunnyside and Long Island City desperately need more schools, libraries, and park space and these needs are only increasing as more people call the neighborhood home. The Master Plan promises that all new housing envisioned will be designated as affordable housing and will include much needed intergenerational housing to meet the needs of families. The Plan also promises investment in open and green space. I will hold all parties accountable to this commitment, and will not support any plan that falls short of 100% affordable housing with additional open and green spaces for community use.
“Importantly, the agencies listened to experts and made resiliency a strong focus as we move forward. The devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island City underscore the importance of making resiliency a priority for all major projects in New York City, and I will work very closely with activists and experts to implement the best solutions possible.
“Overall, while I am initially encouraged by the proposal for the Sunnyside Yard Master Plan governance entity, it is necessary that this continues to be a community driven process and I will not support plans that abandon this approach. I will continue to be a fierce advocate for an open dialogue that ensures none of our neighborhood’s voices are left out.”