Help protect NYC’s water supply from upstate hydraulic gas drilling. Support NYH2O – Fundraiser Thursday, September 24th

Help protect New York City’s water supply! I received an email from Alicia Mehl, the vice chairperson of NYH20, about her group and a fundraiser to support their work happening this Thursday, September 24th. She writes:

Our organization is puting up a small but mighty fight to inform all New Yorkers about the imminent effect hydraulic gas drilling upstate will have on our water supply, and working toward getting legislation sponsored that would keep us from being tethered to bottled water permanently.

We were privileged to be welcomed by over 20 community boards in NYC, all of whom have adopted resolutions asking for either a complete ban on hydraulic gas drilling in New York State, or at the very least, in and around our watersheds. CB2 was one of the first, and certainly the most vocal and supportive regarding the issue.

The Fundraiser for NYH2O is Thursday, September 24th on the Frying Pan, that famous barge at Pier 66, 26th Street and Hudson River Park (formerly considered – the Hudson River), from 6-10 p.m. The event is to raise funds to help them continue their work to protect New York’s drinking water from the imminent threat of natural gas drilling.  Tickets are $65 and include one hour of open beer and wine bar from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  (After that, cash bar!)

To purchase a ticket, click here.

To learn more about NYH2O’s work and to get involved, go here.

Mayor Bloomberg: Arm-twisting? Who Me?; Term Limits Public Hearings Begin Thursday at City Hall

Interesting that stories elaborating on Mayor Bloomberg and Christine Quinn’s “arm twisting” tactics appear in both The New York Daily News and The New York Post today. The story was first broken by the New York Times Monday but it was somewhat obscured within the story of Christine Quinn rallying expectedly to our CEO Mayor’s side.

Read Mayor Bloomberg’s denial in “Testy Bloomberg denies twisting arms on term limits” in the Daily News and the Post’s piece “Quinn targeting term foe’s plum.”

Don’t forget the public hearings begin tomorrow, Thursday!  They are prepared to go all night.  You can also submit written testimony.  Details follow:

The first hearing will be held on Thursday, October 16th at 1:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (2nd Floor).

The second hearing will be held on Friday, October 17th at 10:00 a.m. in the Committee Room at City Hall (2nd Floor).

Individuals who wish to give testimony may do so by registering at either hearing. Written testimony is strongly encouraged and can be submitted at the hearings or mailed to Matt Gewolb at New York City Council, 250 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007. Testimony can also be submitted electronically to testimony -at-

To view the legislation being considered and to receive updated information, please visit the New York City Council’s website or call (212) 788-7210.