Flushing resident Carmine Famiglietti held his ground.
And he remains bioswale-free.
After three workers, who the Flushing resident says are “most likely” contractors (which could not be confirmed by the agency before deadline) showed up in front of his home on behalf of the Department of Environmental Protection on Dec. 20, Famiglietti went outside and after hours of staring them down, they left.
“I said, ‘Fellas, I’m gonna tell you, I’m gonna stand here, I’m not gonna let you do the work,’” he said. “I don’t have any real clear cut evidence that we need one in front of my house.”
The Flushing resident says that the employees were “very courteous,” but he was determined to stop them from testing a site in front of his house where a bioswale could go. The analysis would require drilling.
“It never got confrontational but I wasn’t gonna move,” he said. “It went on for about two, two and a half hours before they finally gave up and left.”