The Task Force for a Safe School (TFSS) is a group of concerned P.S. 163 parents working with the support of our PTA to protect the children, teachers and staff of our school. We believe the proposed construction of a 20-story facility directly adjacent to our low structure and outdoor spaces may endanger health and safety as well as the quiet learning environment our children now enjoy.
The fight to protect NYC school children continues: P.S. 163 has gained another impactful victory in its fight to keep students and staff at our school safe. On May 2, the NY State Appellate Division granted our motion for permission to have our case decided by the Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court. Because preparations for such appeals cases typically take 6 months to more than a year, we believe it is now highly unlikely construction will start until the appeal is decided at the earliest.
More Work To Do: TFSS will continue to fight for the protection of all NYC school children in the legislative arena. Intro 420 is a bill that would place strict limits on the noise impact on students in their classrooms. The bill is quickly picking up momentum and has garnered 25 co-sponsors in the City Council. We also call on all PS 163 families to reach out to their elected officials, urging them to ensure that when and if construction happens, that it meets or exceeds the safety standards spelled out in the Environmental Impact Statement.
Council Member Mark Levine 212-928-6814
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer 212-669-8300
Mayor Bill de Blasio 212-788-1400