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Chuck Schumer’s Office Has No Comment on Prospect Park West

Posted By Noah Kazis On February 16, 2011 @ 12:41 pm In Bicycling,Charles Schumer,Park Slope,Separated Bike Path | 18 Comments

U.S. Senator and Prospect Park West resident Chuck Schumer. Photo: Noah Kazis

Streetsblog has contacted Senator Chuck Schumer’s press office twice asking for comment on the Prospect Park West bike lane and received no reply.

Reports have recently surfaced personally tying Schumer [1] to efforts to reverse the Prospect Park West redesign, which enjoys broad popular support [2] according to a web survey of nearly 3,000 Brooklynites.

Schumer’s wife, Iris Weinshall, is a former DOT commissioner and prominent ally of a group looking to remove the bike lane.

David Seifman at the Post reported [3]earlier this month [3] that Schumer has spoken to City Council members about his displeasure with the bike lane.

Jim Walden, an attorney with the high-powered law firm Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, has given his services free of charge [4] to bike lane opponents, who have been threatening to sue the city to remove the lane. Walden is a top Schumer contributor [5] and was on the Senator’s shortlist [6] for a U.S. Attorney nomination in 2009. The anti-bike lane group he’s representing pro bono is based out of 9 Prospect Park West, one of the most exclusive properties in Brooklyn and the same building where Schumer and Weinshall reside.

Schumer, however, has not taken any public position on the redesign and his office has remained silent on the issue.


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[1] personally tying Schumer: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/02/14/have-you-seen-the-latest-marcia-kramer-segment-on-prospect-park-west/

[2] enjoys broad popular support: http://www.streetsblog.org/2010/12/07/nearly-3000-survey-responses-show-brooklyn-wants-to-keep-ppw-bike-lane/

[3] David Seifman at the Post reported : http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/klyn_bike_lane_bile_j70CsVaBrqgliQxJIhrWyH

[4] free of charge: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/02/07/what-happens-when-senator-chuck-schumer-doesn%E2%80%99t-like-the-new-bike-lane/

[5] top Schumer contributor: http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/contributions/james-walden.asp?cycle=10

[6] on the Senator’s shortlist: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2009/02/11/the-likely-next-us-attorney-for-nys-southern-district-preet-bharara/

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