I continue to be greatly concerned that the West Harlem Local Development Corporation (LDC) has not moved quickly enough to transition to its successor entity, the West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC). As I stated in February 23 and March 5, 2010 letters to the LDC board of directors, important work remains to be done in creating the WHDC’s governance structure and establishing it as a legal entity. Today, the situation remains largely unchanged.
I am especially dismayed that LDC’s executive committee continues to disburse funds. I pointed out in my letter last year that they have done so without a formal application process, without public notices, without protocols for selection, without advice from a community advisory committee and without adequate, transparent discussion by the LDC as a whole. These fundamental issues have yet to be addressed.
Given these concerns, it is essential that the LDC devote itself fully to the transition process, and halt any further disbursement of funds. Anything less runs the risk of violating the public trust and jeopardizing the work we have all done to strengthen and revitalize the West Harlem community.
By Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President