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No more taxation without representation

The Petition
Democracy 4 BPC demands local representation on the BPCA Board to put an end to taxation without representation in our community.


Your financial life, your quality of life, and your home are all in jeopardy. As a resident of Battery Park City, whether you rent or own, you pay more to live here — either directly (for condo owners, in the form of higher maintenance fees) or indirectly (for tenants, in the form of higher per-square-foot rents). On one hand, this makes sense: Battery Park City is one of the most beautiful communities anywhere in New York, with an unmatched quality of life. But on the other, there is a serious injustice at work here: The agency that collects this money, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), and acts as the government of Battery Park City, is not elected, ignores the wishes of the community, and makes decisions about all of our lives without consulting us. This situation is going to get worse in the very near future. Planned increases in ground lease payments (for condo owners) and expiring affordability protections (for renters) will soon make Battery Park City unaffordable for the people who built this community and are the reason for its success — people like you. There is something you can do about this: push the Governor, the Mayor, and all the elected officials who represent Lower Manhattan to transform the BPCA from an unelected, unaccountable closed-door clique into a body that represents the people it governs. As a first step, please consider signing our petition. Every signature we get will be conveyed to the Governor and other elected officials. And we will be in touch with you soon about upcoming meetings, events, discussions with government officials, and other plans. (Your email will be used only for further communications on this topic, and not given to any other entity!) The bottom line is this: Stop yourself from being priced out of Battery Park City and stop the “taxation without representation.” Take back control of your community and of your future.

The Petition
Democracy 4 BPC demands local representation on the BPCA Board to put an end to taxation without representation in our community.



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