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Hands of Change Picket at Chase Bank

Hands of Change Civic Association Protest at Chase Bank in Port Washington

The Hands of Change Civic Association along with hundreds of others set up a protest today at Port Washington's Chase Bank on Main Street to demonstrate against JP Morgan Chase’s financial involvement in the 1.5 acres known as the Alvin Petrus Park.

This has been a park for 50 years, it was dedicated by ToNH Supervisor Barbara Johnson and Ben Zwirn only now to be fenced off by ToNH and the North Hempstead Housing Authority.

ToNH Supervisor Jon Kaiman, North Hempstead Housing Authority chair Matt Cuomo and JP Morgan Chase should be embarrassed that over 250 Port Washington children have to play in a roadway and a parking lot while their park remains closed.

Media coverage was excellent so watch for stories in the Patch, Port News, Newsday and News12.

Next stop the Town of North Hempstead Board meeting on July 31 at town hall  come out and show your support.

Thank you to hundreds of people who came by, signed petitions and added their voices of support!

Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Petruspark/

Sign the online Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/alvin-petrus-park

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hank ratner July 24, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Please Mr. Mulligan post the results of your conversation with Mr. Dimon. Thanks on behalf of all the children for your interest and your help.
George Mulligan July 24, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Mr Ratner, I was pleasantly surprised when I called the executive offices of JP Morgan Chase today. I spoke to two ladies (no auto telephone system) who took down the info and said they would look further into the matter. Perhaps your committee could forward them more background. Neither lady I spoke to had ever heard of the Alvin Petrus Park. And they were unaware of the protest in front of the Chase branch last Saturday. I also asked them to visit the Port Washington Patch website so they could review the articles that pertain to the Alvin Petrus Park.
Lee Kalinsky July 24, 2012 at 11:29 PM
@ George Mulligan, That's awesome that you called. We have had an attorney call them and write them with no success. The added call from you was well done, thanks!
Lee Kalinsky July 26, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Still looking for people to sign the online petition to help reopen the Petrus Park before the July 31st ToNH Board meeting. Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark/ Sign the online Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/alvin-petrus-park
Lee Kalinsky August 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Two solid pieces in today's Port Washington News about the Petrus Park. The re-opening of the park remains a top story in the Port News where the park was front page news in the prior two issues. Again today the Port news has a half page editorial again showing this is an important story for all of North Hempstead. http://portwashington-news.com/2012/editorial-answers-to-questions-about-alvan-petrus-park/ Save the Petrus Park on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark

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