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Waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay. Fight against dangerous construction

Many elected officials and community leaders organized on Sunday, November 22, 2015 the press conference near the site of the waste transfer station construction at Bay 41 Street and Shore Parkway. They united in their fierce opposition to this dangerous construction that destroys our waters, air, soil and health.

Assemblywoman Pamela Harris noticed a really bad odor emanating from the site of construction and expressed grave concerns about health of children and seniors in Bensonhurst and Coney Island.

Assemblyman William Colton and Councilman Mark Treyger blasted Mayor de Blasio administration for ignoring needs and safety of Southern Brooklyn residents. Brooklyn President Eric Adams pointed to the revealing video of dredging made on November 12 by volunteers and called for immediate halt of dredging in the Gravesend Bay.

Senator Diane J. Savino reminded that de Blasio and Bloomberg administrations never hold a public hearing with Brooklyn residents about this garbage transfer station.

Patrick Ryan from office of Congressman Daniel Donovan promised full cooperation of Congressman and close involvement of federal Environmental Protection Agency in this situation. Councilman Vincent Gentile criticized the construction as detrimental to the well-being of people in Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge.

I spoke on behalf of residents of Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Marlboro. I demanded the immediate firing of current contractor, JT Cleary, for negligence and safety violations. District Leader Nancy Tong, who witnessed the dredging, expressed her outrage at dangerous contamination of the bay.

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Press conference against
dredging at Gravesend Bay

We all demanded the end of toxic dredging of Gravesend Bay! Government leaders cannot claim to believe in science while remaining silent to video footage of toxic sediments spilling into our bay to make way for a dangerous garbage station. NYC Department of Sanitation calls this 21 century construction of Gravesend garbage transfer station "safe and effective". Assemblyman Bill Colton, Councilman Mark Treyger and I called it "an example of negligence, incompetence and ignorance".

All speakers at the press conference were determined to send a clear message to City Hall: Southern Brooklyn is united in the opposition to the destructive construction of garbage transfer station in the middle of residential area. Unsafe, sloppy and unprofessional dredging has to stop now!



Ari Kagan
Photos by Ari Kagan and Eddie Mark



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