A St. Albans community declared victory this week over a plan to open a slaughterhouse on Farmers Blvd. after months of protest and a reprieve from Albany.
The R & B Live Poultry Market, just off Merrick Blvd., was set to move into the neighborhood of mostly one- and two-family homes, setting off a wave of rallies, court actions and lobbying among concerned locals.
As workers prepared the market for opening this summer, Joan Flowers, a local Democratic district leader and a lawyer, got a court order stopping the city from issuing a certificate of occupancy.
Then Gov. Paterson approved a new law last week preventing the state commissioner of agriculture and markets from licensing live animal slaughterhouses within 1,500 feet of homes in the city.
"I was outraged but I didn't know if we would win - but we did win," Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) said Monday at a "victory" gathering in his Merrick Blvd. office.
St. Albans neighborhood blocks slaughterhouse plan