Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny stated, “I feel strongly that the City should take a harder look at the plans and potential impact before beginning construction on this or any transfer station that could cause health issues to residents.” Assembly Member and Chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus Karim Camara asserted, “While it’s important that the City comes up with a fair plan for waste removal, all the facts must be considered when choosing sites. The Gravesend location may have sounded like a good idea over ten years ago–before Sandy and before all the data was in regarding the toxins in the bay. However, it’s now in the best interest of the City to re-evaluate the entire five borough waste management plan using all available data before moving forward.” Assembly Member Bill Colton, the leader in this fight for nearly a decade, declared, “This dangerous garbage dump will cause serious harm to the public health, environment, and safety of the people of our neighborhoods in southwest Brooklyn. The former southwest Brooklyn incinerator, which was located and illegally operated for over 30 years by the City of New York, spewed toxic ash containing dangerous chemicals into the waters of Gravesend Bay. If this garbage station is built, those toxic substances will be released into the waters across southern Brooklyn, such as Gravesend Bay and Coney Island Creek, and along the shores of Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Coney Island Beach. The City cannot go forward with this dangerous and toxic plan, and I am going to continue fighting on behalf of southern Brooklyn until this plan is stopped.” Colton continued, “History matters here – the City needs to take into account that the site of this proposed garbage station is the site of the former southwest Brooklyn incinerator, which illegally spewed toxic ash into the air and waters of our community. People living and working near the former incinerator have suffered enough at the hands of the city’s reckless waste management. Residents near the former incinerator have reported increased rates of cancer, asthma, and other serious, chronic health problems. These people woke up each morning to find toxic ash from the waste incineration on their windows and cars. As we are still reeling from the aftermath of 30 years of illegal incineration, we cannot allow another dangerous plan to move forward and further wreak havoc on Southwest Brooklyn’s residents and environment. Southwest Brooklyn will not become a dumping ground for the City’s garbage once again.” Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz stated, “To build this garbage station, the City will need to dredge the bottom of Gravesend Bay, releasing extremely toxic chemicals not only into Gravesend Bay, but into the surrounding waters of Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach as well.These toxic chemicalscould then be dispersed onto shore, into our homes, small businesses, schools, and public parks. When we have another large coastal storm that causes flooding. The people of Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach are still suffering from Superstorm Sandy. They are still trying to rebuild their lives. We don’t need the City building a garbage station facility along Gravesend Bay. This facility will adversely impact all of southern Brooklyn, and for that reason I am opposed to it.” Assembly Member Micah Kellner stated, “I applaud Pledge 2 Protect and S.T.R.O.N.G. for forging an alliance to protect neighborhoods under threat from ill-conceived, over-budget garbage facilities that simply don’t belong in residential neighborhoods. I will continue working with my good friend and Assembly colleague, Bill Colton, to fight for our communities’ quality of life.” Deputy Leader Council Member Vincent Gentile affirmed, “While we all must share the responsibility of the 11,000 tons of waste New Yorkers produce each day, it must be done responsibly and it has been proven that the construction of a trash shipping terminal on Gravesend Bay would stir up extremely dangerous and deadly chemicals left in the water by the incinerator that formerly occupied this location for three decades. That is not acceptable. If they dredge on this site, they will fill the waters with poison… and from that, there will be no turning back. That is why we must ban together to prevent the construction of this dump in our backyard.” Council Member David G. Greenfield asserted,”Shore Parkway is bustling with small business and family-friendly establishments. It’s frequently used by local residents for recreational activities. This is no place for a waste transfer station. The City has a responsibility to ensure that such a high traffic strip is environmentally safe.” Council Member Ben Kallos stated, “It is time to re-imagine our solid waste management plan to reduce, reuse and recycle, instead of putting Marine Transfer Stations in densely residential neighborhoods. A forward-thinking plan for a greener city will provide relief to over-burdened neighborhoods and protect the thousands of residents and students within feet of these proposed marine transfer stations. Our coalition to protect New Yorkers from the harmful effects of our outdated trash disposal system is only getting stronger.” Council Member Alan Maisel asserted, “I support Assemblyman Colton and the S.T.R.O.N.G. Coalition in their efforts to stop the Gravesend Bay Marine Waste Transfer Station. This waste transfer station should not be located in the middle of a residential community. The site of this proposed garbage station is environmentally unsound, with highly toxic chemicals at the bottom of Gravesend Bay. We should not be waging environmental war against our neighborhoods.” Council Member Mark Treyger, who has been leading the fight against this garbage station for over eight years alongside Assemblyman Bill Colton asserted, “When an environmental review of a serious garbage facility proposal that requires repeated dredging omits bombs from World War II and toxins left over from a former illegal incinerator that operated for decades, the public has a right to have serious concerns and public officials have an obligation to act. This project will exacerbate contaminated conditions in Gravesend Bay and once again place Sandy victims and those previously impacted by the illegal incinerator in harm’s way due to its location in a severe flood zone that will impact Bath Beach, Coney Island, Sea Gate and beyond. This is the last thing that incinerator and Sandy victims need while still dealing with the severe aftermath of burned ash and flooding. Our history in Southwest Brooklyn matters just like anywhere else in New York City, and for the sake of our families and future we will not relent in our fight for environmental justice.” Kings County Democratic Party County Chair & District Leader Frank Seddio declared, “This is a project that never should have been started, considered, and contemplated in the Bensonhurst community. It will do nothing but hurt the citizens of Brooklyn and ultimately will serve no purpose and will not relieve the problems of trash disposal and burdens in our neighborhoods.” District Leader Ari Kagan affirmed, “It is outrageous that Department of Sanitation ignores so many elected officials from Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay, as well as community groups and environmentalists who are united in their opposition to this project. I hope that the new administration will finally listen to the concerns of our community and will relocate this garbage station to another location.” President of Bay Democrats and community activist Ben Akselrod stated, “People of the Southern Brooklyn suffered a lot after Superstorm Sandy. Now they need clean and safe environment more than ever. The proposed Gravesend garbage transfer station creates an additional and unnecessary burden to families and small businesses that are still rebuilding after Sandy.” Community Activist Jamie Kemmerer, Executive Director of the Bay Ridge Democrats, stated, “I am proud to stand here with Assemblyman Colton and Councilman Treyger who have been leading the opposition to this misguided waste transfer plan. Before Sandy, the dredging up of toxic chemicals in the bay made this plan a very bad idea. Now, after Sandy, the idea of putting a waste transfer site at this location is a recipe for a public health disaster. The only way to satisfy the City’s own goals of recognizing the environmental issues surrounding waste and treating each borough fairly would be to cancel the Gravesend Waste Transfer Station.”
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