Pratt Center Testimony

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

March 25, 2014

Elena Conte, Senior Organizer for Planning and Policy

March 25, 2014

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


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...

June 19, 2012

Testimony to Transportation Committee, NYC Council

Elena Conte, Organizer for Public Policy


Thank you for the opportunity to testify. Pratt Center works to create a more sustainable and equitable city by working with low- and moderate-income communities throughout the five boroughs to empower them to plan for...

April 24, 2012

In support of Int. 434 and Int. 435
Testimony to the Committee on Consumer Affairs
Lee Wellington, Planning Fellow
Apr. 24, 2012

Good morning. My name is Lee Wellington, and I am a Planning Fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development. The Pratt Center works to...