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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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Jason July 22, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Great News! The TNH has been forced to take the RCC to a town vote. over 4000 signatures to show them the people here have spoken. I would like to see the patch follow up on this story. The Town Clerk was served on Thursday the story will hit the Press Sunday or Monday. Great Job Mr Eddie Scott. Mr. Kaiman let's use that money for the park in Port Washington. Maybe Thomas Dwyer can help with the Park in Port Washington.
Wandell Thomas July 22, 2012 at 02:42 AM
This protest was all about the children of port washington. No child should be forced to play in the street with the risk of being hit and or killed. NHHA (Matt Cuomo, Sean Rainey), TONH (ELECTED OFFICIALS), and JP MORGAN CHASE (Jaime Diamond) should be ashamed of themselves. STOP HOLDING THE PARK HOSTAGE and re-open the park. Hands of Change Civic Association Wandell President
Lee Kalinsky July 22, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Save the park and Like our NEW Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark
Stacy Brown July 22, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Save the Petrus park for the children, please take the fence down.
Kevin July 22, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I went to Chase Bank at 10:30am to get some money and do some banking make deposits, etc.and I was sad to see that not too many white people joined the protest. Chase has been put in a akward postion by Jon Kaimen this is not a bad corportation.
Linda July 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Would someone please explain the role of JP Morgan Chase in this context? Thank you.
Lee Kalinsky July 23, 2012 at 01:03 AM
@Linda. The North Hempstead Housing Authority spun the property off to a private LLC. That LLC is financed by JP Morgan Chase and in return JP Morgan Chase gets tax credits and is a partial owner of the property. @ Kevin If you look at the photos there is a very nice mix of all colors from all parts of Port Washington protesting at Chase Bank, maybe you overlooked the mix. While I cant say if JP Morgan Chase is a bad company, 7 billion dollars of losses in the last year because of mismanagement, corruption and greed seems to be pretty bad, Oh and those comments were from their chief Jamie Dimon not from me. @Kevin did you sign the petition while you banked at Chase?
Lee Kalinsky July 23, 2012 at 01:13 AM
@ Stacy Brown, You remind me of Ronald Regan who I believe said Mr. Kaiman take down that Fence, or something like that.
nh pays tax July 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Tom Dwyer helped with the country club because the owner of the club met him in Vegas to "take care of business" first it is on the record in Town minutes of town board meeting
Nassau Taxpayer July 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Follow the dirty money, right to the top.
George Mulligan July 24, 2012 at 01:10 AM
@Lee Kalinsky: I am a Port Washington resident' a long time customer of JP Morgan Chase and a share holder of JP Morgan Chase. I would like to see the Alvin Petrus park reopened. But I think you have gone way too far with your comment that "JP Morgan is a bad company, 7 billion dollars of losses in the last year because of mismanagement, corrruption and greed." JP Moprgan may have lost some money due to mismanagement, but they also made 17 billion in the last year. I don't think they were guilty of "corruption or greed." Please don't get carriesd away with your rhetoric, JP Morgan Chase is a great company. You may have an issue with them in regard to the local 1.5 acres for the park. But donj't damn the whole company over this one issue in regard to a local park..
Lee Kalinsky July 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
@ George Mulligan, I didn't say it's a bad company I said "While I cant say if JP Morgan Chase is a bad company" it's a few lines up you can read it again. I assume you have heard of Morgan Park in Glen Cove, I assume you know the name Morgan is JP Morgan. Instead of using the land to build senior housing or some unwanted development or spinning it off to some LLC do you know what JP Morgan did with the land? He leased it to the people of Glen Cove for $1. What a great thing to do in memory of his wife. JP Morgan would be rolling in his grave today if he knew this company lost 7 billion dollars and he would be outraged that his bank was financing a project to take a park away from 250 children of nearby Port Washington. Mr. Mulligan If you really want to see the Alvin Petrus Park reopened I hope you call Mr. Dimon's office and tell him as a shareholder you demand they drop their support of this project. You might ask they do it in the good name of JP Morgan because that's what he would have done.
George Mulligan July 24, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Here we go again. JP Morgan Chase made over 4 billion dollars in the last quarter, even with the write off for the loss. Stop the nonsense. I wiil contact Mr. Dimond's office and ask him to free up the 1. 5 acres for the Alvin Petrus Park. But, please stop all the negative rhetoric about the company, the "greed and corruption." You are mixing up issues. The park has nothing to do with JP Morgan perceived "greed or corruption." Overall JP Morgan does alot of good for the American people. Just because you have an issue with this one instance, don't bring down the whole company that overall creates a lot of jobs and does more for the good of our country than it does bad.
Lee Kalinsky July 24, 2012 at 03:03 AM
@George Mulligan, That's awesome, thank you for calling Mr. Dimon, who could ask for anything more. Lee
George Mulligan July 24, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Thank you Lee, i will call Mr. Dimon's office tomorrow. My feeling is he will support the reopening of the park and will do whatever he can to make it happen.
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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