The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are pleased to announce that our May 2015 Friend of the Month is Congressman Eliot Engel. Congressman Engel has always been an active supporter of parkland, especially those in his district which includes all of Van Cortlandt Park. The Friends are most thankful for the Congressman supporting the very first professional Trails Crew for the Park. He has also been an advocate for the Pedestrian Bridge over the Major Deegan. We are pleased that he will be honored and officially thanked at our Picnic Supper the evening of the Philharmonic next month.
How and when did you get involved with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park?
My good friend, Marcia Allina, who is a long-time member of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, first introduced me to the group years ago. I had also heard great things about the innovative work FVCP had been doing from various other members of the community. I have always been proud of my lifetime record in Congress on environmental matters. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over environmental legislation, I have always been engaged in these issues. I am pleased to have received high marks from the League of Conservation Voters over my career. The preservation of our parklands and greenways has always been a passion and priority of mine. As such, I knew FVCP was an organization I wanted to work with to help keep the Bronx as green as possible. Read more »