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The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Mark Treyger and Assemblyman Bill Colton:

Council Member Mark Treyger and Assembly Member Bill Colton are calling on the MTA to provide public notification within 24 hours of cases of confirmed bedbug sightings on any trains, buses or in stations. The proposal comes after a number of incidents involving bedbugs on several trains along the N line, in addition to trains on the Q and 6 lines. On Monday, an N train was taken out of service at DeKalb Avenue and a conductor received medical attention as a result of bedbugs. Currently, the MTA does not have a formal policy for informing the public about these incidents.

In response, Treyger and Colton are proposing state legislation, supported by a City Council resolution, requiring the MTA to take the same steps to inform its customers as it does for other emergencies or service delays, including social media outreach. In addition, the MTA would have to detail the steps it is taking to remedy these situations and protect the public’s health while using public transportation. This proposal has support from the Transport Workers Union (TWU), whose members have been impacted by the outbreaks. Council Member Treyger and Assembly Member Colton were joined at today’s press conference in front of the N train station on Kings Highway by District Leader-elect Nancy Tong and a number of residents who regularly use this line and are concerned about the lack of information from the MTA about the recent outbreaks. Council Member Treyger and Colton now plan to move forward with this legislation, putting a formal procedure in place to respond to outbreaks and notify the public.

“This is an important issue that the MTA has to take much more seriously on behalf of the millions of New Yorkers that ride its buses and trains, as well as its employees. The MTA has an obligation to inform the public of any bedbug sightings or outbreaks due to the health implications that are involved. However, the MTA must also consider the economic consequences of bedbug infestations in a home, especially for working New Yorkers who cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars in fumigation or cleaning bills. The MTA can easily inform the public in much the same manner it does for service delays, and we deserve to know exactly what steps it is taking to respond to bedbug infestations,” said Council Member Treyger.

”The public has a right to know if there is a confirmed detection of bedbugs on trains or buses. The families of riders and transit workers must be given the opportunity to take protective measures to minimize the chance of bedbug infestation being transported to their homes and places of work,” said Assembly Member Colton.

“Families are rightfully worried about the disruption and large economic costs that bedbugs can cause, if carried into their homes. Families have a right to be informed as to how to protect themselves from this risk,” said District Leader-elect Tong.

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The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman William Colton:

Assembly Member William Colton (47th Assembly District – Brooklyn) is announcing that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has agreed to add service to the B1 bus line in southern Brooklyn.

Beginning on August 31, 2014, the B1 bus line will run on a “School-Open Schedule” only. This translates into additional buses on the line, which will help improve service by decreasing the delays, irregular service, and overcrowding.

Previously, the B1 bus service operated on two different schedules: a “School-Open Schedule” when public school was in session, and a “School-Closed Schedule” when public school was not in session. This created a problem when public school was not in session, because there would be less buses running on the B1 line. Although public school was not in session, Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach was often still open. With the large number of students at Kingsborough, when there were less buses running on the B1 line, the buses often would get full with passengers at the Kingsborough bus stop in Manhattan Beach, creating overcrowding, irregular service, and delays on the entire bus line.

With the B1 bus now only operating on a “School-Open Schedule” only, there will be more buses on the line, which will lead to more and improved service for straphangers.

In June, Assemblyman Colton sent a letter to the MTA, asking them to take action to address the problems plaguing the B1 bus line, especially the chronic bus lateness, passenger overcrowding, and irregular service.

Assemblyman Colton worked with Transport Workers Union (TWU) – Local 100 in order to increase and improve the service on the B1 bus line. The Transport Workers Union played a vital role in securing the service change which will ultimately lead to better commutes and easier, faster travels for southern Brooklyn straphangers.

While this is a major community victory for southwest Brooklyn, Colton is aiming to further improve the B1 bus line, an important public transit service in our neighborhoods.

In July, Colton sent a letter to the MTA asking them to purchase new buses for the Ulmer Park Bus Depot, which services most of southwest Brooklyn. Currently, the Ulmer Park Bus Depot has the oldest fleet of buses in the City. A newer fleet of buses for the Depot would mean less mechanical malfunctions and breakdowns, which causes delays, overcrowding, and disruptions in service for passengers. Constituents have complained that often the hydraulic lifts of these older buses malfunction or don’t operate properly. This mechanical malfunction causes a serious problem for riders, especially the elderly, young children, and those carrying heavy bags or packages, making it ever more difficult to board and exit these older buses.

Additionally, Colton also sent a letter to the NYC Department of Transportation asking for the installation of additional pedestrian islands along the B1 bus line, specifically at the bus-stops at 86th Street & 25th Avenue, 86th Street & 24th Avenue, 86th Street & 23rd Avenue, 86th Street & 21st Avenue. These pedestrian plazas will help riders of the B1 bus line board and exit the buses easier and quicker, since they lift passengers six inches off the ground and higher to the door of the bus. In addition, for riders who are senior citizens, children, disabled, or those with limited mobility, the pedestrian plazas will also make boarding and exiting the buses easier as well. In addition, the pedestrian plazas will create a safe space for riders to wait for the bus, so they don’t have to wait in the middle of the street near moving vehicles. Adding pedestrian plazas to these bus stops will create a protective barrier for riders to keep them safe from oncoming traffic.

“I will continue working to improve public transit for the neighborhoods of southwest Brooklyn. This increase in service to the B1 bus line will greatly enhance the quality of life for local residents by reducing wait and travel times, creating easier, faster commutes for straphangers,” asserted Assemblyman Bill Colton. He added, “The B1 services many important areas of our community, including the busy, comercial shopping area of 86th Street. The additional service on the B1 bus line is a win-win situation for the entire community.”

Councilman Mark Treyger, who has been working to improve public transit in southern Brooklyn, affirmed, “This is great news for the many southern Brooklyn residents who rely on the B1 bus and have been frustrated by overcrowding and constant delays. At a time when our neighborhoods are growing and the need for reliable public transportation is more apparent than ever, I will continue to work with Assemblyman Colton, our community and the MTA to increase service elsewhere as needed. Running the B1 bus permanently on a ‘School-Open Schedule’ is a great first step in our ongoing efforts to provide our neighborhoods with the public service options needed to adequately serve our residents. This is only the beginning as we push for further transit improvements across Southern Brooklyn.”

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Assemblyman William Colton is adding his voice to the chorus of condemnation of the anti-Muslim fliers found in a Bath Beach apartment building this week.

The fliers were found throughout the Shore Haven apartment buildings near Cropsey Avenue and 21st Avenue in Bath Beach early this week, showing a hateful message calling Muslims “the second holocaust” and claims “USA hates you”. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes unit is investigating the incident.

Colton released the following statement yesterday afternoon:

As State Assemblyman, I join Councilman Mark Treyger in condemning those responsible for distributing leaflets aimed at sowing hate against any group in our community.

To engage in general stereotype attacks on any group of people sows the seeds of division and mistrust. It is only by uniting neighborhood families to speak up for all our needs and concerns that we are able to improve our neighborhood.

Strengthening our neighborhood schools, improving our streets,parks,
transportation and infrastructure, fostering the growth of neighborhood businesses and joining together to improve the quality of life of all families are key priorities which we should be pursuing.

Spreading hate and distrust hinders the progress we need to make and has no place in our community. True peace and progress results when people of good will come together and speak out for those priorities which benefit all our families.

I pledge to continue to work bringing people together and fighting to keep our neighborhood as a fine place to reside, work and raise our families.

Bensonhurst resident Nancy Tong is on her way to winning a post as female Democratic district leader of the 47th Assembly District, making her the first Asian-American elected official in Brooklyn.

Tong is on the ballot for the September 9 primary, and she’s running unopposed. She will replacing District Leader Jeanette Givant, who is set to retire according to Sing Tao Daily (via Voices of NY).

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Tong helps constituents in her job working for Assemblyman Colton (Source: Facebook)

The district leader post is an unpaid role in the party. All formal parties in New York are required to have one male and one female district leader to represent each Assembly district. They serve as their community’s representative to their political party’s leadership, and help their party’s candidates get elected by organizing ground support.

Home Reporter writes:

Nancy Tong was nominated for the position by Assemblymember William Colton, whose office she has volunteered with and worked in as a community liaison for eight years.

… “Nancy has been helping thousands of people in this community from all over the world. Just last year, she helped 2,000 people,” Colton exclaimed. “Sometimes I wonder whether she ever lifts up her head.”

Over the years, Tong has worked on senior citizen rent issues, helped businesses respond to tickets from the Department of Sanitation, assisted homeowners with tree root problems in dealing with city agencies, volunteered for street clean-ups, and helped educate parents about the rezoning of P.S. 97.

In addition to Colton’s backing, Tong has the support of Councilman Mark Treyger who also worked in Treyger’s office before winning his City Hall seat in November.

Sing Tao adds:

Tong’s family originally came from Toy Shan, Canton province, in China. She was born in Hong Kong and grew up in New York. She had been working as a volunteer at Colton’s office since she moved to Bensonhurst 12 years ago, until five years ago when she became a part-time community liaison at the office.

Tong will be the first Asian-American elected official in a borough that is home to more than a quarter million Asians. Much of the Asian-American population, which is concentrated in areas including Bensonhurst, Sunset Park and Homecrest, are divided between various legislative districts, making it difficult for them to elect a representative that reflects their heritage.

During the redistricting process in 2012, advocates in the community fought for the creation of an Asian-American majority district. It would have united parts of Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Sunset Park into one district in the state legislature. That push was unsuccessful, and no Asian-American has represented Brooklyn in city, state or federal legislatures.

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Councilman Vincent Gentile’s office says that the Department of Transportation will begin much-needed road repairs to 86th Street on Monday.

Contractors will begin scraping off the battered top layer of asphalt, a process called milling, between Gatling Place and 7th Avenue in Bay Ridge. After pouring new asphalt and painting lines, the work will move up the street towards Stillwell Avenue throughout the summer. It’s expected that the work will be done in three separate segments.

All work will be done at night in order to minimize impact on traffic. This could mean a few noisy nights for neighbors, as milling requires trucks, machinery and portable lights – although the machinery is fitted with noise reduction equipment.

Gentile and Councilman Mark Treyger said they won agreements from the DOT to do the work back in May. The DOT first said they would make repairs in Treyger’s district, covering 86th Street from Stillwell Avenue to 14th Avenue. Gentile worked to expand the project to include 14th Avenue to Gatling Place, the portion of roadway that falls in his district.

Gentile allocated $400,000 in the city budget to fund the repaving, according to his office.

Know of any other nasty stretches of pothole-pocked roads in the neighborhood? Let us know in the comments!

The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman William Colton and Councilman Mark Treyger:

Council Member Mark Treyger and Assembly Member William Colton are pleased to announce that the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) has included a number of local streets in this year’s resurfacing plan at their request on behalf of the community. The DOT currently plans to resurface Bay Parkway from 81st Street to 86th Street and the majority of 86th Street from 14th Avenue to Stillwell Avenue this summer, with nighttime milling work set to begin July 28 and nighttime repaving starting August 11. Council Member Treyger and Assembly Member Colton are still working with the DOT to have Stillwell Avenue from 86th Street to Harway Avenue added to the DOT’s repaving plan.

In addition, the following streets have been included in the DOT’s September repaving schedule: Kings Highway from 78th Street to McDonald Avenue; Bay 29th Street from 86th Street to Cropsey Avenue; 19th Avenue from 61st Street to 86th Street; 80th Street from Bay Parkway to Stillwell Avenue; and Cropsey Avenue from Bay Parkway to 26th Avenue. While this is the current plan for September, the DOT cautions that minor changes could occur at the last minute in terms of exact locations or timing.

“Having smooth, pothole-free streets are a basic but vital part of every neighborhood’s infrastructure, and the incredibly harsh winter has obviously left many local roads in very bad shape. In response, we have worked closely with the DOT over the past few months to identify the worst stretches and make sure that important neighborhood thoroughfares like Bay Parkway, 86th Street, Kings Highway and others were included in this year’s resurfacing schedule. Maintaining and improving the quality of life for residents across Bensonhurst and Gravesend is a top priority for both of our offices, so we will continue to work with city agencies to deliver the services and resources that our community deserves,” said Council Member Treyger and Assembly Member Colton.

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The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Mark Treyger:

In response to concerns over the safety of students, staff and parents walking to P.S. 95 in Gravesend, the NYC Department of Transportation has agreed to Council Member Mark Treyger’s request to install a speed hump by the start of the upcoming school year. The speed hump will be installed along Van Sicklen Street to prevent drivers from speeding past the school, which currently occurs on a regular basis.

Immediately after hearing from worried parents and school leaders after taking office earlier this year, Council Member Treyger led Brooklyn DOT Commissioner Joseph Palmieri on a tour of the area to show him firsthand the constant speeding traffic that passes the school each morning and afternoon. Also on hand for the site visit was Assemblyman Bill Colton, school volunteer Vincent Sampieri, who brought the issue to Council Member Treyger’s attention, Principal Janet Ndzibah, PTA President Christine Schneider Lulu Elaza and other residents. As a result, the DOT conducted the necessary traffic studies and has worked with a homeowner on Van Sicklen Street who agreed to allow the city to install the speed hump near their driveway. The DOT now expects the work to be completed by early September, hopefully in time for the new school year.

“This is a simple but vital step we can take to protect the students of P.S. 95 as they walk to and from school each day. After all, there is nothing as important as the safety of our children. As soon as I heard about this issue, I knew it was imperative to act before any more accidents or close calls occur due to reckless and dangerous drivers speeding through that area. My thanks to Mr. Sampieri and the school’s leadership for bringing this to my attention, to Assemblyman Colton for his partnership on this issue, and to the DOT for agreeing to install this speed hump on behalf of P.S. 95,” said Council Member Treyger.

CORRECTION (4:36 p.m.): We received a note from Councilman Treyger’s office amending the above press release. The PTA president who is pictured and referenced is Lulu Elaza and not Christine Schneider.

Colton at the latest STRONG rally in Bensonhurst (Source: STRONG Southern Brooklyn)

The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman William Colton:

For nearly the past decade, I have been fighting against the City’s proposed marine waste transfer station. This garbage station, which the City plans to build along Gravesend Bay, will adversely affect the quality of life for not only the neighborhoods of Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights, but all the surrounding neighborhoods across southern Brooklyn.

The Gravesend Bay garbage station is part of the City’s five borough Solid Waste Management Plan, or SWMP. This plan, including the proposal to build and operate a garbage station along Gravesend Bay, is not progressive or forward
thinking.

The City’s Solid Waste Management Plan is an antiquated plan of the same, old way the City has always handled its trash disposal: spending hundreds of millions of more dollars on more dumping and more transporting garbage to more environmentally impacted residential communities. The proposal to build a garbage station on Gravesend Bay is part of the City’s outdated management of trash. It is now time for the City to create a new, progressive plan with a bold vision for managing our trash. It is now time for the City to recycle and reuse our trash. Instead of creating new ways to dump and transport garbage in residential communities, the new City administration should be creating innovative, modern ways to increase recycling in order to reduce our waste.

For a City that wants to implement new, modern ways of solving our problems and addressing our concerns, it simply does not make any sense why we are relying on old, antiquated ways to manage our waste. The Solid Waste Management Plan, including the Gravesend Bay garbage station, only repeats the outdated, old methods of handling our waste. The Solid Waste Management Plan creates more expensive ways for the City to continue its old, failed practice of dumping and transporting trash. The Solid Waste Management Plan only creates more of the same. It is now time for the City to begin creating modern, innovative ways of managing our trash and reducing our waste. Recycling and reusing our garbage is the answer. Marine waste transfer stations are not. It is time for our City to implement a new, progressive, forward thinking way to manage our waste.

I will continue leading the fight against the Gravesend Bay garbage station in the court of public opinion. Our communities in southern Brooklyn will continue to fight with petitions, rallies, and other grassroots approaches until our voice is heard in City Hall. Our coalition, titled S.T.R.O.N.G. – SOUTHERN BROOKLYN, of elected officials, residents, community leaders, and neighborhood organizations has only become stronger and larger. We have support from every community in southern Brooklyn in this fight.

And I will continue fighting against in the legal court as well; we have received word that the Court’s Appellate Division has decided to grant our motion for us to proceed on the original record in our case. In other words, we can continue with our lawsuit against the Gravesend Bay garbage station without having the burden of making copies of thousands of documents of the original record.

Our fight against the Gravesend Bay garbage station continues! If you would like to help or become involved, please contact my community office, located at 155 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223, or call us at 718-236-1598. You can also visit our coalition’s (S.T.R.O.N.G. – SOUTHERN BROOKLYN) official website at strongsouthernbrooklyn.net, where there is an online petition available to sign.

The huge stretch of 86th Street slated to see extensive pothole repairs this summer just grew by several more blocks. Councilman Vincent Gentile announced yesterday that he has allocated money to fund repaving the commercial corridor, adding a quarter mile to the project that will now see every street from Stillwell Avenue to just past the Gowanus Expressway with a fresh layer of asphalt.

The Department of Transportation had agreed last month to repair most of that stretch. According to a press release from Assemblyman William Colton and Councilman Mark Treyger, issued in early May, that agreement came about after they made requests to the agency. But the plan, covering everything from Stillwell Avenue to 14th Avenue, fell short of covering the section of roadway that passes through Dyker Heights. Gentile has now announced that the agency is on board to do the additional stretch, and his office has helped direct money towards getting the project done.

Here’s the press release:

Southwest Brooklyn continues to recover from a wicked winter and it has the battle scars to prove it. Miles of pockmarked roadways and thousands of frustrated drivers take their lumps every day over the bumpy mess that Old Man Winter left behind.

Thankfully, Deputy Leader Councilman Vincent J. Gentile has successfully brokered a deal with the Department of Transportation to repave 86th Street, one of the major commercial corridors in all of southwest Brooklyn.

The Department of Transportation has agreed to repave 86th Street from Gatling Place in Bay Ridge to Stillwell Avenue in Bensonhurst. Councilman Gentile allocated $400,000 in this year’s budget to help fund the paving.

“This is literally where the rubber meets the road,” Gentile said. “After a harsh winter, and so many potholes, 86th Street looks more like the surface of the moon than one of our most popular commercial corridors.”

The Department of Transportation plans to repair the rocky road in three separate segments this summer with repair crews working overnight in order to mitigate disruption to traffic and commerce.

“This street has been damaging cars and causing headaches for drivers for months. I am happy that the Department of Transportation is finally addressing this problem.”

If the Department of Transportation keeps to the schedule laid out in May, work should begin in August.

Source: Colton's office

Source: Colton’s office

The following is a press release from Assemblyman Bill Colton’s office:

Two communities in New York City have come together to fight against the City of New York’s Solid Waste Management Plan by rallying against the proposed Gravesend Bay Marine Waste Transfer Station (1824 Shore Parkway, between Bay 41st Street & 26th Avenue). This rally was held on Sunday, June 1, at 1:00 pm at the Bay Parkway Promenade, along the water’s edge, between Caesar’s Bay Shopping Center and Bensonhurst Park, in southwest Brooklyn.

The two communities that rallyied this Sunday are southern Brooklyn, represented by the organization S.T.R.O.N.G., and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, represented by the organization Pledge2Protect. These two organizations are organizing this rally, along with the offices of Assemblyman Bill Colton, and City Councilmen Mark Treyger, Vincent Gentile, and Ben Kallos.

These two communities and groups joined at this rally to raise their opposition to the City’s Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). Pledge 2 Protect and S.T.R.O.N.G. both agree that this plan does not reach its mission and does not reach its objectives in helping “to equip the City with an equitable, environmentally sound, operationally efficient and cost-effective barge and rail-based solid waste transfer and export system” (Source: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8498.html). Rather, the Solid Waste Management Plan is self-defeating. The hundreds of millions of dollars that is being spent on this plan could be used in increasing the amount of recycling in the city. We believe that recycling more waste is the sounder and more efficient long-term solution – it is the real answer. Recycling trash, not dumping or transferring it is the real way to relieve burdens on residential communities.

At Sunday’s rally, there were elected officials and community leaders from both Pledge 2 Protect & the Upper East Side, and S.T.R.O.N.G. & Southern Brooklyn exposing the problems of City’s Solid Waste Management Plan. These public officials and civic leaders raised their concerns about the environmental, public health and safety issues of these two garbage station proposals. These issues will affect the quality of life of both communities of Southern Brooklyn and the Upper East Side. These two communities and organizations have come together to stop this plan, and showed their alliance at this rally in opposition to these proposed garbage stations.
S.T.R.O.N.G. (Sandy Task-Force Recovery Organized by Neighborhood Groups was founded in January 2013 by Councilman Mark Treyger in response to the devastation felt by so many families in southern Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy. Last year, S.T.R.O.N.G. formed a coalition, titled “DUMP THE DUMP,” with community leaders, elected officials, and neighborhood organizations from across southern Brooklyn to stop this dangerous garbage station. These elected officials, organizations, and leaders are from neighborhoods including: Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Mill Basin, Canarsie, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, Bergen Beach, and Bay Ridge.

Also organizing this rally was Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-47th Assembly District). Assemblyman Colton has been fighting against the proposed Gravesend Bay Garbage Station since 2005, and in 2012 he filed a lawsuit to block the city’s plan to construct and operate a waste transfer station at this location, near Shore Parkway and Bay 41st Street in Bensonhurst. This location is the site of the former Southwest Brooklyn incinerator. Currently, the legal battle is continuing in court. Colton also led a successful lawsuit in the late 1980s and early 1990s to shut down the Southwest Brooklyn incinerator.

If built, this garbage station will cause serious public health, environmental, and safety concerns for neighborhoods throughout southern Brooklyn and all along the waterways of New York City and adjacent states. Some examples:

RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD: The proposed site for the southwest Brooklyn garbage station is in the middle of a residential neighborhood, where people live, work, and play. There are many schools nearby, including 20 private and public schools within two miles from the proposed site, including the Block Institute, located at Bay 44th Street, which services children and adults with disabilities.

There are also two buildings, which house large numbers of senior citizens, including the Haym Salomon Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation, Regina Pacis Housing, and The Sephardic Home. In addition to this large population of elderly, there are many high-rise apartment and co-op buildings located near the site, including Contello Towers and Waterview Towers across the Belt Parkway, which are 17 stories tall and are home for thousands of people.

There are several NYCHA developments located in Coney Island, only a mile away from the proposed garbage station site, including Coney Island Houses, Haber Houses, Unity Towers, Carey Gardens Houses, and Gravesend Houses.

Additionally, Adventurers Amusement Park & Entertainment Center, Marine Basin Marina, and Calvert Vaux Park are located nearby.

STREET TRAFFIC: The operation of the Gravesend Bay MTS will lead to increased numbers of sanitation trucks and vehicle traffic on the surrounding streets of Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and adjacent communities.

There is only one road leading to the proposed site (Shore Parkway, which can only be accessed by trucks via Bay Parkway), and the site is located next to the Belt Parkway and near a major shopping center. The growth in traffic congestion on these already crowded and busy streets will increase the probability of vehicular-pedestrian accidents and create noise and air pollution that will adversely affect the quality of life.

AN OVERBURDENED AREA: For 30 years, the City operated an illegal incinerator at this site; as a result, nearby residents have reported increased cases of cancer, asthma, and other serious chronic ailments. They woke up each morning to find ash from incineration on their windows. All of southern Brooklyn and its diverse communities, including minority communities of African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians, will be negatively affected by this plan.

WORLD WAR II BOMBS – DREDGING THREAT:  The USS Bennington, a World War II aircraft barge capsized in Gravesend Bay in 1954 and dropped 1,500 live bombs (“World War II-era copper artillery shells — including one five-feet long — designed to shoot down airplanes, and about 1,500 large-caliber machine-gun shells designed to explode on contact” source: http://nypost.com/2010/10/24/diver-has-blast-with-historic-discovery/) to the bottom of the highly turbulent water.  Professional divers have confirmed that such a large number of munitions, which can explode upon impact, lie at the bottom of the Bay. Specialists have confirmed that the action of dredging can indeed ignite a catastrophic explosion of numerous bombs at once causing untold damage to property and wildlife and possible deaths.

TOXIC CHEMICALS – DREDGING THREAT: There are highly-concentrated amounts of extremely toxic chemicals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic, as well as now-outlawed insecticides and pesticides such as Mirex buried by sand and silt at the bottom of Gravesend Bay.  These chemicals, which threaten the health of nearby residents every day were spewed into these waters by the City through the operation of the closed incinerator.  To build this garbage station, the City has confirmed they will need to dredge the bottom of Gravesend Bay repeatedly, which will release these toxic chemicals into the air and water.

Assemblyman William Colton (D-47th Assembly District) funded a study of the Gravesend Bay floor bed, and scientists confirmed the high levels of dangerous toxins.  “Black mayonnaise,” was the term used by scientists in their analysis to describe the condition of the sand at the bottom of Gravesend Bay. The samples were taken from the top few inches of the bay floor bed, not a deep dig. Dredging will go several feet down into the decades of dangerous debris, bringing it to the surface, where it will travel along with the water’s current into other areas and to the shoreline.  In 2012, before Hurricane Sandy hit, the NYC Department of Sanitation conducted a sediment sampling study of the bottom of Gravesend Bay. It found Type C Acutely Toxic Levels of Mercury, PCBs, Lead, Dieldrin, Chlordane, and Arsenic, and Type B Hazardously Toxic Levels of Lead, Cadmium, Dioxins, Mirex, and insecticides, among others, in the dredging area.

FLOOD ZONE:  This site has been designated Zone 1 on the NYC Hurricane Evacuation Map and Zone A by FEMA, which describes this as a high-risk area with a 1 in 4 chance of flooding.  This site was severely flooded during Super-storm Sandy.  Another storm of that strength or possibly lesser, will cause extensive flooding of this proposed Gravesend site, sending the trash into homes, schools, nursing homes, and shared public spaces. In addition to the fears brought from mold, Brooklynites will need to worry about the garbage and toxic chemicals that have flooded their properties and neighborhoods.

WATER AND BEACH POLLUTION: The people of Bensonhurst and Bath Beach will not be the only ones affected by this garbage station.  Gravesend Bay is connected to Coney Island Creek, as well as the waters along Seagate, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, Manhattan Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.  Toxic chemicals, debris and garbage from this pollution will spread out far beyond the boundaries of New York City.

Keep reading for statements from the elected officials, and for a list of coalition members.

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