Help Stop Sprawl and Discrimination – ECC Meeting on Tuesday at 1pm! COME!

WE NEED YOU ON TUESDAY – 716 – @ 1PM.

On Tuesday, July 16th at 1pm in the Common Council Chambers – WE NEED YOU.

There is a VERY important community input meeting where we need supporters to stand up and speak in favor of supporting a stronger downtown campus. We need all hands on deck for this.

If you cannot attend – we are urging you to write a letter and send it to your common council members, Governor Cuomo and ECC. Any questions – Email us at youngcitizensforecc@gmail.com
Buffalo Contact Info: http://preservationready.org/Resources/BuffaloCommonCouncil

Quick ECC Talking Points:

  1. With 47% of ECC Students coming from Buffalo, the City Campus should be the only place where a new building gets built.
  2. Currently the City Campus only serves 25% of the entire campus, which is not enough!
  3. Space isn’t an issue – the County purchased several vacant lots downtown for the expansion of ECC City back in the 2000’s.
  4. The proposed $30 Million dollar STEM building has 8 or 10 programs that are NOT STEM related. This is a disquise for ECC to get the building they want put in Amherst.
  5. Our smart growth legislation sign in 2011 says that continued support for Sprawl is not allow. THIS IS SPRAWL.
  6. This is segregation by design. The City Campus will now have “workforce development and GED” programs while North Campus in Amherst has the degrees that will move towards a 4 year degree.
  7. A trip to North Campus from Buffalo’s West Side requires 2 buses and takes one hour each way. With over 30% of the City of Buffalo without an automobile, ECC should be expanding downtown – where we have over 30 bus lines that feed into downtown!

Here is the common council agendahttp://www.ci.buffalo.ny.us/files/1_2_1/CommitteeMeetings/Meetings2013/CD2013-0716.pdf

You can read the study report that EASILY justifies the need for downtown development over Amherst here: http://www2.erie.gov/environment/sites/www2.erie.gov.environment/files/uploads/24%20May%202013%20ECC%20Program%20Needs%20Analysis%20and%20Space%20Utilization%20Assessment.pdf

Here are some older articles for you:
http://buffalorising.com/2011/06/young-citizens-to-ecc-downtown-or-bust/
http://berniceradle.com/2012/01/20/young-citizens-for-ecc-addresses-cuomo-on-ecc-north-expansion/

Bernice, Greg and Jim meet with Council Member Pridgen and Former County Ex. Joel Giambra about ECC.

What Happened To Smart Growth in Buffalo? ECC & Poloncarz Support North Campus Expansion.

With the most recent ECC Amherst Expansion decisions, it is pretty clear that our County Government continues to support sprawl despite having the “Anti Sprawl” Smart Growth law titled the State Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy.

§ 6-0105. State smart growth public infrastructure policy. It is the purpose of this article to augment the state’s environmental policy by declaring a fiscally prudent state policy of maximizing the social, economic and environmental benefits from public infrastructure development through minimizing unnecessary costs of sprawl development including environmental degradation, disinvestment in urban and suburban communities and loss of open space induced by sprawl facilitated by the funding or development of new or expanded transportation, sewer and waste water treatment, water, education, housing and other publicly supported infrastructure inconsistent with smart growth public infrastructure criteria.

For more information on the law, click here.  If you want to check out the Buffalo regions SPRAWL BOMB, check this article out. You can read the law documents  here:  NY Smartgrowth Checklist &  Anti Sprawl Smart Growth Policy Act ENV Section 6 edited

I don’t have time to comment about this issue in full just yet… I have yet to read the ECC Study which I will be reviewing tomorrow. If you want to know more about the ECC Expansion situation, you can go to http://www.youngcitizensforecc.blogspot.com for the last two years of key information and details. Until I have the ability to really comment, I leave you with a song called SPRAWL II by the Arcade Fire. Easily one of the best records ever for any urban planner/city lover. The video/song and lyrics are below.

 

“Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock
These days my life, I feel it has no purpose
But late at night the feelings swim to the surface

‘Cause on the surface the city lights shine
They’re calling at me, come and find your kind
Sometimes I wonder if the World’s so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl
Living in the sprawl
Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains
And there’s no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

We rode our bikes to the nearest park
Sat under the swings and kissed in the dark
We shield our eyes from the police lights
We run away, but we don’t know why
Black river, your city lights shine
They’re screaming at us, we don’t need your kind
Sometimes I wonder if the world’s so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl
Living in the sprawl
Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains
And there’s no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock
Sometimes I wonder if the world’s so small
Can we ever get away from the sprawl?
Living in the sprawl
Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains
And there’s no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

A Viable Alternative for ECC’s Proposed Medical Classroom Building – Sheehan Hospital!

This letter was sent to Council Member Pridgen today with the YC4ECC stamp of approval for his newest proposed alternative to bring ECC’s proposed medical building downtown.  Sheehan Hospital is vacant, ready and next door to the existing City Campus and its size, existing use and location to the BNMC make this a very viable alternative. We hope Jack Quinn and the ECC Board of Trustees will seriously review this as an alternative. You can read the YC4ECC blog here. 

-B

January 8, 2013

To the Hon. Council Member Pridgen,

Young Citizens for ECC (YC4ECC) is writing in full support for your most recent proposed alternative for  Erie Community College which appeared in the Buffalo News on Friday, January 4th, 2013. The proposal suggested utilizing the currently vacant Sheehan Hospital for all of the medical degree related needs for ECC students including classroom space, labs and more.

The proximity of this building to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus along with its former use as a hospital, makes this proposal a very viable alternative. The structure is already in place, the existing building is located directly next to the existing downtown campus and ECC has expressed the need for medical related classroom space.

YC4ECC feels strongly that investing in the downtown campus will lead to a stronger, more accessible community college for all students across WNY. This investment will continue to make Erie County attract talent and its accessible campus will provide a strong workforce for years to come. A partnership between the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Erie Community College is desperately needed and wanted by the student body and this proposal is the chance to create it. As the medical campus continues to grow, the need for doctors, technicians and other medical related jobs will grow and thus, ECC can be a connector between the students and the job growth. This proposal for the Sheehan Hospital will allow ECC to be the important connector needed to provide our students with access to jobs, networking events, internships and other medical related opportunities.

Lastly, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for continuing to push ECC with alternative options for the proposed new building. You continue to provide strong leadership for the Queen City. Young Citizens for ECC is ready to offer any assistance needed to help lead the charge in pushing for this viable alternative.

 

Sincerely,

Bernice Radle

Co-Chair of Young Citizens for ECC

Historic ECC Photo