The Julia Richman Complex

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On September 20, 2007 Community Board 8 held a special hearing on Hunter College's proposal to demolish the Julia Richman Education Complex. One report said: "If you weren't there, you missed a truly wonderful evening. Our supporters filled the auditorium."

Ann Cook from the JREC community spoke about the quality of the schools, and Elizabeth Rose from the Neighborhood Friends of JREC spoke about the community's commitment to keeping the schools here. There were also two surprise speakers.

First, State Assemblyman Micah Kellner took the podium and proclaimed his support to keep JREC at 68th street.

Then State Senator Liz Krueger spoke, and publicly made her commitment to keep JREC at 67th street. This was her first public statement of support.

Many members of the community, JREC teachers, parents and students, and even a few Hunter students also spoke in the Q&A session, and made a number of important and eloquent points in support of keeping JREC on 67th street.

Following the meeting, JREC supporters sent dozens of letters, emails, and faxes and made many phone calls urging elected representatives to issue public statements to SAVE JREC.

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