Friday, November 6, 2009

A RESPONSE from Rep. Clarke?...sort of.....

Hello from CORD!
We have received the following update from Rep. Clarke's office re:

"Dear All:

I would like to thank every one that was able to attend, for coming to our office to express your concerns and issues regarding the Superfund designation of the Gowanus Canal. I apologize for the delay in responding to you, however I was out sick and the Hill has been hectic due to many Federal issues that are being addressed this week (and actually the House will be in session in to the weekend).

Congress Member Clarke did speak with EPA Administrator Jackson on Tuesday, November 3rd to discuss the on-going process. The Congress member raised serious concerns and asked some poignant question of Administrator Jackson, and raised many of the concerns brought to our attention by meeting with you.

One of the main issues raised by the Congresswoman was the sense of urgency for the clean-up of the canal. She pointed out that there is concern in the community that the Superfund process could take up to 20 years, which is unacceptable to her. She pointed out how long the community has waited for the clean-up and asked if, given the EPA’s own analysis of how polluted the canal is, could the project be listed as a priority on their agenda. Further, the Member made a request for a detailed timeline that would outline, from beginning to end, the process and target dates.

We are still awaiting the EPA’s response to the questions raised and as soon as we receive this response I will be in touch with further information.



Deanna R. Bitetti, District Representative
Office of U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke
Brooklyn District Office
123 Linden Blvd., 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Ph: 718-287-1142 Fax: 718-287-1223

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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........