Lawsuit seeks to block Randall's Island deal

Several South Bronx and East Harlem organizations and residents filed suit on May 27 in an effort to keep the city from carrying out its plan to reserve most of the ball fields on Randall’s Island for Manhattan private schools on school-day afternoons.

The suit charges that the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation violated state law when it decided that a full environment impact statement was not necessary to carry out the plan.

Melrose-based Nos Quedamos is among the plaintiffs. “New Yorkers should be concerned greatly by the increasing privatization of public parkland, particularly when it benefits the wealthy to the detriment of other New Yorkers. This is fundamentally an issue of environmental justice,” said Yolanda Gonzalez, the organization’s executive director.

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