A coalition of elected officials and community groups held a press conference this morning to announce the launch of a campaign for a new, four-acre East Side Waterfront Park, which could be created by coordinating the planning process for projects in the neighborhood – including the redevelopment of the former Con Ed site and the reconstruction of the FDR Drive.

The coalition begins its advocacy in advance of the City Council’s upcoming hearing on the development of the ConEd site and the Manhattan Community Board 6 197-a Plan, which will take place at 3pm on Monday.  The group is calling on ConEd site developer East River Realty Co. to provide an easement that would facilitate the creation of a waterfront park.

The coalition consists of elected officials, including: US Representative Carolyn Maloney, State Senators Thomas Duane (pictured) and Liz Krueger, NY State Assembly members Jonathan Bing, Brian Kavanagh and Micah Kellner, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and New York City Council Members Dan Garodnick, and Rosie Mendez, as well as local groups: the Municipal Art Society, New Yorkers for Parks, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and the East Midtown Coalition for Sensible Development.