Chuck Powers, June 5, 2014
It has been too long. We apologize. But after some sophomore institutional growing pains, BG is fully back and ready to resume our work in what has already been for us a very successful year. So today we are happy to:
1. announce our schedule for the remainder of 2014; and
2. invite you to become part of the what we are confident will be a vibrant and growing leadership of an organization poised again to define the important Bergen County social welfare issues (always insisting on governmental transparency) and to be knowledgeable and effective advocates for policies that are protective of the rights and needs of all the County’s residents.
If you would like to be a member of our Steering Committee – or have other BGR program leadership aspirations and ideas, be sure to drop me a line soon at firstname.lastname@example.org; and
3. announce our resolution concerning the proposed LG construction in Englewood Cliffs:
Bergen Grassroots believes that the Palisades represent a unique and regionally significant natural resource, and that the Municipal Land Use Law, which had guided the approval for the current LG Corporation development project, is poorly suited to properly preserve and protect this resource. We believe that ultimately a regional planning mechanism is sorely needed in this regard.
In the interim, and in concert with the desires expressed by numerous residents, public officials, and organizations, The Bergen Grassroots Steering Committee strongly urges the LG Corporation to work cooperatively with the County’s construction trade unions, the County and Englewood Cliffs government, along with concerned individuals to expeditiously re-design the project such that the height of the building is below the tree line of the Palisades, and thus is not visible from the New York side of the Hudson River.
In conjunction with our resolution:
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Next, here is our schedule for the rest of the 2014 – always acknowledging that we may need additional. impromptu meetings or forums. For example, should we in addition to the Bergen County electoral races try to hold for forums for congressional candidates whose constituencies include Bergen County?
For now, this is what we have planned:
BG Established Meetings for the Summer and Fall of 2014
August 7 _ inaugural “2014 Fall Transparency and Campaign” planning meeting and election on new
September 25 _ the Bergen County Executive Forum
October 2 _ the Bergen County Freeholders Forum
November 11 _ Flooding issues OR Should Freeholders be organized/elected to better serve defined areas
of the County?
December 4 _ our 2014 Byron Baer Award Ceremony
Let us know if you can join us on July 4, or just drop in. We look forward to seeing you at the August 7 kickoff of what should be an exciting Fall.
Meeting locations are still to be determined, but we will alert you well in advance.
Thanks for waiting.