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: A ruling issued by the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division on January 19, 2017 has cleared the way for Jewish Home Lifecare (JHL) to begin construction of its planned 20-story nursing tower, just feet from the entrance to P.S. 163. The timing of groundbreaking is still unclear, as a zoning challenge by nearby residents is still pending. In the 3-1 ruling by the New York State Appellate Division, First Division, it was clear that the court was split on whether to grant P.S. 163 the protections it sought for the nearly 600 students, ages 3 to 11, who attend school there each day. But the court as a whole voted to overturn the December 2015 ruling by Judge Joan Lobis, who had found in favor of P.S. 163’s argument that JHL’s proposed construction does not adequately safeguard the students and staff of P.S. 163. The pro bono attorney representing P.S. 163 in the case, Rene Kathawala, said today: "We will appeal." But he cautions that "that option is unlikely given how few cases are accepted by the court of appeals."
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