Dear Senator Schumer
I recently learned of your active involvement with the Open Space Alliance, New York State Parks, New York City Parks and elected local officials in helping to restore pool parties and concerts in East River State Park, Brooklyn. It is fortunate that you were able to take the “ time out of your active schedule as Senator to meet with local, state and city officials to make sure that the free summer concert series, which was started in 2006 and was to be canceled, will continue to give summer pleasure to the community.
I’m sure that the organizers and attendees of these free concerts are forever grateful for your help.
As you said at the time of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding among the officials, free summer concerts are “a big part of why summers in NYC are so great” and you “are thrilled to see that they will return in 2010.” You also commented that, “summer in Brooklyn without the free Jelly Pool Parties simply would not have been the same” and that you are “proud to have worked so hard on behalf of concert goers everywhere to see that they return.”
The Rockaway and adjacent communities surely would have appreciated your help in keeping Rockaway Music and Arts Council’s free Fall Festivals and Concerts (since 1985) an active part of our summers also. In my letter of October 14, 2009 to you (as well as to Senator Gillibrand and Represen-tative Weiner), RMAC requested your help in at least reducing the exorbitant fees charged by Gateway National Recreation Area for the use of federal, public land.
Unfortunately, for some reason, the letter was never acknowledged and your help was absent.
Our 2010 Fall Festival and Sunset Picnic Concert Series are now canceled and a domino effect is now in place where our 2011 school programs, Lierary Festival and Art Exhibitions may also have to be eliminated.
STEPHEN S. YAEGER