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NYC Panel on Climate Change Report Features NYC-EJA's Research!

The New York City Panel on Climate Change released its newest report on rising sea levels, flooding, and higher temperatures. NYC-EJA is proud that our Waterfront Justice Project research was included in Chapter 5 Public Health Impacts and Resiliency.





Juan Camilo Osorio presenting at 
Harvard University

Above: On January 20th at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute For Advanced Study's Climate Justice seminar, NYC-EJA's Director of Research, Juan Camilo Osorio, presented on our Waterfront Justice Project, as well as our work as a co-convener of the Sandy Regional Assembly, and our as a co-convener of the host committee for the Peoples Climate March. 




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You may have noticed that our newsletter is looking a bit different. Well, after over 20 years of fighting for environmental justice in New York City, NYCEJA is rebranding. T hese updates will help us to continue to share our vision for a more just, sustainable society. Learn more below!
What's New

"NYC-EJA's identity is one of unity. Unity between the organizations that we represent, and unity between boroughs and people. Our new logo shows three hexagons, interlocked and equal in size representing linking and equality. The hexagon's six sides symbolizes NYC-EJA's six legacy organizations." - Ben Apatow. Student, Pratt Institute Communications Design.


NYC-EJA partnered with Pratt Institute's Design Corps to re-design its brand. We would like to thank David Frisco and Michael Kelly, instructors with Pratt Design Corps for helping to make this happen. The designer of the proposal we selected is Ben Apatow, a Pratt Institute student in Communications Design. 


Check out our new Website at:  You can catch all our latest campaigns, news articles, media features, and reports.


The intention of NYC-EJA's logo is to also resemble a stamp - signifying NYC-EJA's "stamp of approval" for environmentally just policies and projects.  We look forward to using NYC-EJA's logo as a stamp of approval for years to come.  Any additional resemblances to old subway tokens and/or NYC manhole covers is purely coincidental. 


Many thanks Krystle Gonzalez for her work on the website re-design and Laura Osorno for her support with graphic design and general advice!

April 15th Kickoff Meeting for the 
South Bronx Community Resiliency Agenda
SBCRA Kickoff Meeting

On April 15th, THE POINT CDC & the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance will be hosting the South Bronx Community Resiliency Agenda kick-off public meeting. 

This will be an important update for local residents and stakeholders on the Hunts Point Lifelines' Rebuild by Design proposal and a public discussion about how to protect the South Bronx industrial waterfront from climate change.
Campaign Updates  

Much of the New York metropolitan region's $1.5 trillion economy is driven by our transportation system. It moves people and goods throughout 12 counties 24 hours a day. But it takes a lot of money to maintain, modernize, and expand a system built over one hundred years ago.

In September, the MTA released its proposed Five-Year Capital Program budget of $32 billion. The agency charged with operating, maintaining, and improving our transportation network and infrastructure identified a $15 billion gap in funding. In the past, the MTA has taken on heavy debt to meet the budget. This means higher tolls and fares on existing drivers and riders. And for every dollar we spend, 20 cents goes to finance debt (i.e., to the banks) rather than to reinvest in the transportation system you're supposed to be paying for. 

According to a recent report, if the MTA were to take on an additional $15 billion in fare and toll-backed debt to fill the budget gap, there would be a 15% increase in existing tolls and fares, on top of the twin 4% increases already scheduled for the next two years. Compounded, that's a nearly 25% increase in tolls and fares over the next five years! The current $2.50 subway and bus fare? That would leap to $3.13! The $7.50 cash toll to over $9.38, and E-ZPass would jump from $5.33 to $6.66!

It's time to fill the MTA's funding gap. But not with more debt backed by higher tolls and fares! The State legislature recognized the importance of funding our transportation system nearly four decades ago by establishing the MTA Five-Year Capital Program. In the past, this critical funding has been used for modest expansion and modernization of our transit network. Most recently, funding has gone to constructing the Fulton Transit Center, the Second Avenue Subway, and the new 7 line extension in Hell's Kitchen, as well as 21st century technologies like countdown clocks, real-time information kiosks, and upgraded signaling systems that have greatly improved the subway and bus riding experience for everyone.

Filling the gap, with new revenue, would expand these technologies to more subway lines, improve our crumbling roads and bridges, and increase service to our City's most transit-starved communities. We need New York's lawmakers to identify new funding mechanisms that sustain and modernize the system without unduly and disproportionately burdening those drivers and riders who are already paying their fair share.

New York is the Empire State. Don't we deserve a transportation system that befits the title? 


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We are encouraged by your continued interest and participation in environmental justice issues of New York City. Be sure to check for more exciting news from NYC-EJA in the future.




Eddie Bautista
The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance