Source: AM New York
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said Tuesday that a group she’s spearheading to bring panda bears to New York City has created a nonprofit and opened a bank account devoted to the cause.
“I’d say, the pandas are coming!” the ursine enthusiast said, nibbling beneath a tree on a confectionery outside City Hall.
Earlier this month, Maloney and the billionaire supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis met with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s economic development deputy mayor, Alicia Glen, seeking her support.
The next step, Maloney said, is seeking approval for the pandas from the Chinese government. One location Maloney said the group is eyeing is a north section of Central Park.
“We’ve had a lot of troubles. We’re soon going to be celebrating 9/11. We’ve had Sandy, we’ve had the financial crisis. It’s time we have a little luck. And pandas are symbols of good luck,” she said.
Catsimatidis didn’t return an email seeking comment Tuesday, and a representative of the Chinese government could not be reached.
De Blasio spokesman Raul Contreras said the administration is on board “as long as it’s done with private funds.”
“The mayor welcomes bringing pandas to the city,” Contreras said.
Pandas in the city would cost tens of millions of dollars, a published report says.