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At the April 7th CB1 meeting, a BPCA employee named Freddy Belliard attended and answered questions about he ballfield permitting process, which is now being opened up to sports leagues outside of BPC. Mr. Belliard had previously worked for the BPC Parks Conservancy, a legally distinct entity from the BPCA.
We have learned that all of the blue-shirted ballfield staff now work for the BPCA, and not the BPC Parks Conservancy. This is part of a bigger change with the ballfields that includes allowing outside sports leagues to apply for ballfield permits.
Mr. Belliard confirmed that the Summer and Fall permitting process for the ballfields will allow applications from all over the city, and not just the Little League, Downtown Soccer League, or Manhattan Youth. Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had been the chief protector of the aforementioned leagues, but his federal indictment has weakened his political clout.
It seems to be open season on the ballfields. It is a Post-Sheldon-Silver era Downtown.
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