Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Maspeth high school site contaminated
I was waiting for when this would be available since for some reason, SCA does not have it on their website.
Oh, so the site's contaminated. Well that's no shock. There was an active factory on the site when I was a kid. But if this info is in the EIS that the elected officials had access to, then I just have to ask...
Why was Eric Gioia (the great public advocate candidate) up in arms that a school was opened at a contaminated site in LIC but not here? (Gioia voted yes)
Why was the great environmentalist and earth scientist Jim Gennaro going apeshit over the same LIC site but not here? (Gennaro voted yes)
Why did comptroller candidates and financial geniuses John Liu, David Weprin and Melinda Katz not question why the City would go through the expense of using eminent domain to acquire contaminated property that will also require an expensive remediation? (Liu, Weprin and Katz voted yes)
Why was Maria del Carmen Arroyo upset about the toxicity found at a proposed school site in her Bronx district but not here? (Arroyo voted yes)
Why was Charles Barron more upset about perceived Archie Bunkerism than about the health of innocent minority children once again being endangered by The Man? (Barron voted yes)
Why didn't grandmother Helen Sears question the SCA's choice of site? (Sears voted yes)
Why does Elizabeth Crowley want a school in her district built on top of a contaminated site? Why was enrollment an issue for her but not this? (Crowley voted no and then whined to the papers last week that it was everyone else's fault the council voted yes but hers. But she also unbelievably said she could have gotten more no votes if she tried.)
Why is Randi Weingarten not holding a protest in front of this site to protect the health of her members and the children they teach?
Why did Community Board 5 attach a bunch of stipulations onto their yes-out-of-guilt vote, but not include anything about remediation or monitoring?
Why is Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum not concerned about this? Why is she not holding SCA's feet to the fire for failing to submit the required site remediation and post-construction monitoring plan prior to the council vote?
Why did we allow such god damned morons to take charge of our city?
Why are you reading about this for the first time on a blog instead of in the mainstream press?