Pratt Center Testimony

A respected advocate for sustainable community development, Pratt Center testifies on policies with implications for low- and moderate-income communities.

November 17, 2014

Building Homes, Building Communities
Testimony of Joan Byron, Director of Policy, Pratt Center for Community Development

The Pratt Center applauds Mayor de Blasio’s goal of addressing New York City’s housing crisis. But as the incomes of New York families continues to stagnate while housing prices...

April 23, 2014

Joan Byron

Director of Policy, Pratt Center for Community Development; Board Member, Bronx River Alliance

My name is Joan Byron, and I am Director of Policy at the Pratt Center for Community Development; we work with communities throughout New York City on issues of social, economic, and environmental justice, especially as these issues manifest themselves in our built environment. I also serve with Kellie Terry on the board of the Bronx River Alliance.

March 25, 2014

Elena Conte, Senior Organizer for Planning and Policy

On behalf of Pratt Center for Community Development, a proud member of the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance (SBRWA or “the Alliance”), it is my extreme pleasure to testify before you today in support of Resolution 15, calling on the State and the City to partner closely together, with local communities, to advance the recommendations of the City’s Sheridan Expressway Hunts Point (SEHP) Land Use and Transportation Study.

September 23, 2013

Testimony Before New York City Council Committee on Small Business September 23, 2013

Thank you for the opportunity to testify. I am Adam Friedman, Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development which works to build a more equitable and sustainable city.

September 3, 2013

Testimony to Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises

Willets West Text Amendment Hearing

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June 7, 2013

 

Testimony to City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation

Elena Conte, Senior Organizer for Planning and Policy

 

Good afternoon. My name is Elena Conte and with the Pratt Center for Community Development. Affiliated with Pratt Institute, for 50 years we have supported low- and moderate- income communities...

May 13, 2013

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February 12, 2013

 

Testimony to NYC Council Oversight Hearing

Joan Byron, Director of Policy, Pratt Center for Community Development

 

Even on a sunny day, 2.7 million New Yorkers rely on bus service operated by the MTA and by New York City Transit. In the days immediately after Hurricane Sandy, as...

October 10, 2012

 

Testimony to NYC Planning Commission

Joan Byron, Director of Policy, Pratt Center for Community Development.

 

We join with community representatives in calling for a full new Environmental Impact Study that will allow a comprehensive approach to this and other transformative projects now...

September 19, 2012

 

Testimony to the NYC Planning Commission

Elena Conte, Senior Organizer for Planning and Policy
 

The City’s adopted Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP) creates the standard for reviewing discretionary development and siting decisions on the waterfront, and in so doing it is a de facto...