Saturday, February 27, 2010

Lead paint found in Throgs Neck Bridge Park

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR FRANK PADAVAN (QUEENS) ON THE FINDINGS OF THROGS NECK BRIDGE PARK ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

Last evening I sponsored a well attended important community meeting at Holy Trinity in Whitestone to unveil the findings of a comprehensive environmental toxin analysis surrounding the Throgs Neck Bridge. The analysis conducted by environmental scientist Dr. James Cervino clearly and unequivocally uncovered significant lead paint contamination in the soil samples, which poses serious health risks, and large lead paint chips in piles of debris located under the bridge in ball fields, soccer fields and walking paths enjoyed by children and families of our community.

Additionally, lead paint was discovered north and south and near the ramps of the Throgs Neck Bridge. The data clearly demonstrates that quick action must be taken to resolve this situation. As a result of these findings, I have begun the process of demanding that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) remediate the area. I will also be reaching out to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to work with the MTA and the community in removing any all toxins uncovered by the analysis conducted by Dr. James Cervino.

A similar situation existed a few years ago due to paint scrapping and construction projects at the Whitestone Bridge. The MTA worked to solve the problem and remediated the environment surrounding the bridge. I hope they show the same concern and commitment this time when it comes to cleaning the areas surrounding the Throgs Neck Bridge.

In the coming weeks, I will continue to work with Councilman Dan Halloran, Dr. James Cervino and community leaders to ensure that the MTA fixes this problem quickly so that children and families throughout Northeast Queens can safely enjoy the parklands surrounding the Throgs Neck Bridge.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a brownfield under there. Quick - somebody notify Shulman, so she can arrange for it to be condemned and delivered to a developer buddy.

stinky said...

They painted the bridge every year I guess and scrapped it off before doing so landing the lead chips everywhere.

Get a life, there is no massive deaths over the life of the bridge. Move away, otherwise.

Queens Crapper said...

And don't you think they should have taken precautions to make sure that the lead paint didn't go everywhere? If you did that at your house, you'd get hit with a steep fine and your contractor might even get hit with criminal charges. But the state can just poison kids and get away with it?

"Get a life" comments about health issues don't help make your point.

Anonymous said...

No one cares like Frank - Especially when he's running scared!

Anonymous said...

how much money you think Padavan got in campaign contributions from the assholes who painted the bridge ?

Padavan brought eastern queens overdevelopment. i cant wait to vote for Avella.

Anonymous said...

No one cares LESS than Frank Padavan.

stinky said...

Hey Crappy your right - I was not thinking correctly............

In this day and age we are all well aware of lead paint and the need to take proper measure to minimize exposure to it especially in wide open areas that the public and are children use.

Anonymous said...

So, when are the elected officials going to get the lead out?

Wesley Dumont said...

yeah, stinky, suck it up, who cares if your kids suffer a lifetime of ill affects from an afternoon walk in a park?

Queens Crapper said...

Stinky has admitted the error of his/her ways.

So let's not dwell on it.

Anonymous said...

As if the baseball field at Little Bay wasn't bad enough!!! Way to go NYC- keep hiring the cheapest possible half assed outfits from God knows where -I have heard some are from NJ there-(what happened t keeping jobs in NY???) to do these important jobs. They could have built a new bridge in the time this construction is going on!! Now the safety of people who live near the bridge is at stake . If the lead made it to the soil wouldn't it have been in the air at some time too??