State Senator Daniel Squadron says one of the biggest concerns he hears from residents in Chinatown is that there’s not enough green space. So during the next month, he’s encouraging people in the neighborhood to do something about it. In a news conference held on a tree-challenged section of Mott Street Friday, Squadron announced a new initiative. During the next 30 days, he’s calling on community groups, schools, business groups and individual residents to propose locations in Chinatown most in need of new trees.
After the nomination period is over, Squadron will work with officials from the Parks Department to determine the most feasible locations for plantings. The campaign is part of the city’s decade-long Million Trees Program. Squadron was joined Friday by Assistant Parks Commissioner Ed Lewis, as well as several community leaders, including Virginia Kee, Ed Ma, Jan Lee and Triple Edwards.
In a press release, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Borough President Scott Stringer and City Councilmember Margaret Chin all expressed strong support for the campaign.
In order to nominate a tree, you can call Senator Squadron’s Chinese language hotline, 917-254-3138, or fill out this form: Million Trees form. The form should be returned to Lana Cheung In Senator Squadron’s office: 401 Broadway, Suite 1901, New York, NY 10013 by 5pn February 12th.