LIC Community Boathouse Founder

As Founder of the LIC Community Boathouse I, Erik Baard, maintain this page to advocate for inclusio

SLAPP Suits: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) 11/11/2019

I believe this well explains the failed 2011 Gowanus Dredgers federal lawsuit against me (c.v 11 5985, decided in 2014). I'm sad to see that many of my concerns were affirmed over the years and wish I had known about SLAPP laws at the time, but the federal decision in my favor empowers volunteers to sever the LICCB's bonds to the Dredgers. That plants the seed of hope.

https://youtu.be/UN8bJb8biZU

SLAPP Suits: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) After winning a legal battle involving a coal executive and a giant squirrel, John Oliver explains how SLAPP suits are designed to stifle public dissent. Con...

03/06/2018
Annual Citywide LTCP Public Meeting 11/15/2017

Annual Citywide LTCP Public Meeting Join representatives from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection for the annual Citywide Long Term Control Plan meeting. While the City has held waterway specifc meetings throughout the year, this meeting will focus on the whole CSO Program*. Agenda items will include: Status updates on each...

Explore Astoria via NYC Ferry - New York City Ferry Service 10/24/2017

Explore Astoria via NYC Ferry - New York City Ferry Service by Mitch Waxman Mitch Waxman started the Newtown Pentacle in 2009 to document his adventures along the Newtown Creek (and in the greater harbor and city beyond). He served the City of New York as a Parade Marshall, was named the Newtown Creek Alliance’s group historian, is a Steering Committee membe...

Photos from LIC Community Boathouse Founder's post 12/09/2016

On December 8, 2011 at a public meeting hosted by LaGuardia Community College, a small clique ended elections at the LIC Community Boathouse (Victoria Olsen, a crony of John McGarvey, said to view her as a "benevolent dictator"), ended fiscal transparency, wrongly asserted that the fiscal conduit Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club owned the LICCB, and began a campaign of bullying and rumor mongering that culminated in a wave of secret meetings and expulsions.

At that same meeting the much smaller Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, through attorney Gerald Dunne, served a lawsuit against me, to shut down this page. Despite my numerous attempts to settle in exchange for a restoration of elections and fiscal transparency managed by a trusted third party like Waterfront Alliance, the GDCC insisted on a federal trial. The case was CV 11 5985. Dunne tried to intimidate me and was foul mouthed in the very halls of the courthouse. Judge Pamela K. Chan paused the trial to chastise Dunne for being disrespectful to me (he was stupid enough to put some of his bullying in emails).The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club lost on both counts: the GDCC does not own the LICCB and this page does not infringe on the LICCB trademark.

Sadly the LICCB has yet to return to good governance. Former Chair Ted Gruber was responsible for much of the toxic culture, but his "expulsion for life" this year was decided in secret meetings without due process. And really, "expulsion for life" from a community boathouse? Louis Kleinman of Waterfront Alliance was never elected as Vice Chair of the LICCB but served in that role honestly and with competence and generosity. There was no justification for his summary removal from that position without any public process or communication with him. Other volunteers were banned for years for their association with Gruber, again without any due process. This in unjust and absurd. These actions were taken by John McGarvey, who claims to be Chair of the LICCB without election. Indeed, at the trial he dismissed the idea of elections and said leaders were chosen from within his clique because he or she "seems cool."

Indeed, the previous Chair told me that he simply handed the title off to McGarvey. This summer McGarvey used LICCB boats outside of programs to participate in an event that mixed copious alcohol with boating, a clear violation of common sense, insurance policies, and American Canoe Association standards. See photos here.

LIC Community Boathouse volunteers, you deserve better. Demand elections and financial management monitored and executed by a trusted outside group. Lawyers Alliance for the Public Interest or the NY State Attorney General might offer guidance.

I look forward to a happier, more inclusive, successful year for the LIC Community Boathouse in 2017.

04/24/2016

Please, if you choose to donate to the LIC Community Boathouse, also demand reforms to restore elections (none since 2010), fiscal transparency, and recognition that assets don't belong to the Gowanus Dredgers (as Judge Pamela K Chan ruled in federal case CV 11 5985). Make the LICCB inclusive and true to mission again.

03/31/2016

Jeff Bridges: Plastic Is a Substance the Earth Cannot Digest

ecowatch.com Open Your Eyes is narrated Jeff Bridges. The video shows how worldwide reliance on disposable plastic packaging and utensils is poisoning our bodies,

Sign the petition: US Coast Guard: Reopen the channel behind Ellis Island 03/25/2016

Sign the petition: US Coast Guard: Reopen the channel behind Ellis Island I just signed a petition to US Coast Guard, Sector New York: In the interest of improving boater safety in New York Harbor, we the undersigned request that the US Coast Guard restore navigational access to the channel between Ellis Island and Liberty State Park. The current safety and security zone,…

03/25/2016

Sign the petition: US Coast Guard: Reopen the channel behind Ellis Island

petitions.moveon.org I just signed a petition to US Coast Guard, Sector New York: In the interest of improving boater safety in New York Harbor, we the undersigned request that the US Coast Guard restore navigational access to the channel between Ellis Island and Liberty State Park. The current safety and security zone,…

Timeline photos 03/06/2016

It seems the mismanagers of the LIC Communtiy Boathouse have broken the law. Neither a nonprofit nor fiscal sponsor of a nonprofit is permitted to endorse a candidate. That sign is clearly in the boat. Let's leave aside the painful irony of an endorsement by a clique that's refused to have elections since 2010.

03/04/2016

Waterfront Alliance

The first phase of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed citywide ferry service — with routes serving Astoria and the Rockaways in Queens as well as South Brooklyn — will be ready for passengers in early summer 2017, city officials said Thursday.

Paragon Paint Development Draws Concerns Over Height, Though Park And Cleanup Are Commended 02/14/2016

Between this and the petroleum legacy, Anable Basin will or should become a Superfund site and it's irresponsible -- madness -- for the unelected clique to put children into Anable Basin. I operated the boathouse from this area for years with no intention of putting kids (or adults) there for "walk up" paddles. Volunteers, please demand reform for elections, fiscal transparency, and accountability. http://licpost.com/2016/01/25/paragon-paint-development-draws-concerns-over-height-though-park-and-cleanup-are-commended/

Paragon Paint Development Draws Concerns Over Height, Though Park And Cleanup Are Commended January 25, By Christian Murray Plans for the Paragon Paint factory drew mixed reactions from locals during a presentation that developers held last Wednesday in their effort to win over Community Board 2. The developers seek a zoning variance in order to build 344 rental apartments over the Paragon…

02/14/2016

Paragon Paint Development Draws Concerns Over Height, Though Park And Cleanup Are Commended

Between this and the petroleum legacy, Anable Basin will or should become a Superfund site and it's irresponsible -- madness -- for the unelected clique to put children into Anable Basin. I operated the boathouse from this area for years with no intention of putting kids (or adults) there for "walk up" paddles. Volunteers, please demand reform for elections, fiscal transparency, and accountability. http://licpost.com/2016/01/25/paragon-paint-development-draws-concerns-over-height-though-park-and-cleanup-are-commended/

licpost.com January 25, By Christian Murray Plans for the Paragon Paint factory drew mixed reactions from locals during a presentation that developers held last Wednesday in their effort to win over Community Board 2. The developers seek a zoning variance in order to build 344 rental apartments over the Paragon…

01/20/2016

New York City to Get $176 Million From U.S. for Storm Protections

nytimes.com Senator Chuck Schumer said the city would be awarded federal funds for a proposed project to guard against another storm like Hurricane Sandy in Lower Manhattan.

Timeline photos 12/22/2015

From quiet solo launches to sharing this beautiful "secret" with all through the LIC Community Boathouse. Nearly 20 years ago I would bring my folding kayak here to launch from the decrepit dead end of Fifth Street. Workers from the now-gone Pepsi plant would toss cans to me, sometimes directly into my cockpit! Change is inevitable and much good has also followed the growth of LIC. A quick nod to nostalgia and then a brisk walk into the living present.

12/11/2015

Another season concludes without reforms for fiscal transparency and elections. Volunteers and public paddlers report needless and vocal conflict over leadership, even during programming. The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club seems to be nearly defunct. Further, its claim of ownership of the LIC Community Boathouse was rejected by Judge Pamela K. Chen in the same ruling (CV-11-5985) that protected this fan page for reform. She explicitly stated that LICCB affiliation with the GDCC must be voluntary. As a self-owned organization, the LIC Community Boathouse can readily get independent and legitimate insurance (please demand full insurance papers and records from the Dredgers), affiliate with a respected 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor before independently incorporating. Donors and volunteers deserve nothing less. But this can happen only if donors and volunteers demand inclusive and fair elections (monitored by a respected and impartial body like Waterfront Alliance) and transparency in governance and finances.

National Weather Service Climate 09/11/2015

Again, the LICCB under misguidance by Gruber is putting children into water that may be significantly polluted by sewage.

Please consider yesterday's rainfall (which beat the 1999 record for that date):

http://w2.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=okx
PRECIPITATION (IN)
YESTERDAY 1.58R 1.38 1999 0.13 1.45 0.00

And match that up with the chart:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12BHrsQ9DZUWP2PDcxGUCfWcseXMGfDLiIrM8sdI9Luc/edit =0

Keep in mind that these are daily rainfalls, so a sample can be taken in the morning before the worst of the rain, as happened this week, thereby producing deceptively low numbers. The water quality by the end of yesterday was far worse than in the morning.
The "red zone" numbers after rain at Stuyvesant Cove aren't just a bit above acceptable. I think it's profoundly unwise to put hundreds of strangers -- children included -- into water polluted to these levels.

National Weather Service Climate Government Internet Service Home page. The starting point for official government weather forecasts, warnings, meteorological products for forecasting the weather, and information about meteorology.

NYC SAFE Disposal Event - Queens 08/14/2015

NYC SAFE Disposal Event - Queens The Department of Sanitation is holding SAFE Events to provide NYC residents with an easy way to get rid of harmful household products.

08/14/2015

Interesting fact: The National Labor Review Board lists terms such as “civility,” “negativity,” “harmonious,” and “disrespect” as “code words for not being supportive of management.” In the employment sector these are seen as words used to intimidate, isolate, or stigmatize workers seeking to unionize, but these very same words have been used by LICCB leadership against volunteers seeking elections, fiscal and governing transparency, certain safety improvements, and other needed reforms.

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