Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Another Brooklyn Resident writes to Lisa Jackson in Washington re: The Superfund Designation of the Gowanus Canal

Here is another letter from one of our neighbors in Prospect Heights to Lisa Jackson in Washington re:


Dear Ms. Jackson,

     Please, EPA, SUPERFUND the GOWANUS!  
     I've lived in the vicinity of Brooklyn's toxic Gowanus Canal for four decades. From time to time over the years New York City has talked about cleaning up the Gowanus -- yet has done little to de-tox Brooklyn's infamous Love Canal. 
     It is well known that New York's current  Mayor, Bloomberg, practises Government By & For Developers.  Bloomberg's Developer buddies have convinced him that Superfund designation will be the ruination of any site so named, kill off the only thing that matters here: Economic Development. Therefore, Bloomberg & Co. would rather not use the Superfund Word in NYC-- too stigmatizing.  Developers  bank on the mayor's support for a quick verbal de-toxing of the Gowanus site: simply DON'T apply the toxic "S" word to it.   (NYC will once again promise a quick & dirty cleasing, declare the Gowanus fit for EcDev -- though not for healthy life -- save the developers a lot of money.) NYC just waves the non-toxic word wand and bank loans flow to the Gowanus. ..... 
      The only possible way to clean up the Gowanus miasma is for the EPA to SUPERFUND the GOWANUS.  (NYC cannot be trusted to do the job.) Please  SUPERFUND the GOWANUS!  NOW.
     Thank you.

Patti Hagan
     117 St. Marks Avenue
     Brooklyn, NY 11217-2410


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........