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From petition creator Ken Hashimoto: The NYC DEP listened to our request and proceeded to accommodate us.
There are many boats flipped upright from the Hurricane. DEP closed the boat areas so quickly that few people have had the chance to check their boats. These upright boats are accumulating rainwater and eventually snow. When this freezes the ice will expand damaging the aluminum hulls. Some Boat Areas still require cleanup and tree removal. But some areas a clear and do not visibly show signs of being a threat to safety. There is no reason to keep them all closed until Spring 2013. We ask that DEP conduct a reassessment to make a determination and immediately open all boat areas that are not or no longer dangerous.
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Mr. Charles Laing, Senior Property Manager, N.R.M., NYC DEP
Mr. David S. Warne, Assistant Commissioner, NYC DEP
Please reassess and open closed Boat Areas to public access that are not or no longer dangerous.
This petition is now closed. Special thanks are extended to Mr. David Warne, DEP Assistant commissioner and Mr. Charles Laing, DEP Senior Property Manager for listening to us and accommodating our concerns. With the unusually warm weather we are having we urge all boat owners to check their boats and ensure they are properly stored free of ice and water. Special thanks also to all the members of www.westchesterfishing.com and other sites who supported this effort.
Received advice from DEP today that previous advice of Dec 28, 2012 was in error:
"The letter you received was in error. The list of closed sites on our web site is correct. The letter you received should have only made reference to the areas that were reopened. Instead, it incorrectly included some areas that remain closed.
Thank you for pointing out this error. Our staff will be calling you and the handful of other folks who received similar, incorrect letters to provide up to date info.
In the meantime we continue to work on reopening areas and hope to open at least a few more around Kensico in the next week or so."
Mr. Warne, Assistant Commissioner DEP has confirmed this evening that
Kensico Areas 12-13-14-3-9 have been reopened. 10 Other boat areas on other reservoirs have been opened as well. DEP website has not yet been updated as of this time.
We received a response from Mr David S. Warne, Assistant Commissioner that "we have begun to turn our attention to opening those boat areas that suffered minimal damage that we can make safe with our own workforce. DEP staff started that process last week and will continue this week by focusing first on Kensico Reservoir. If DEP staff come across boats that have blown over and are "hull down", we will flip them over."
Decision-maker Mr. David S. Warne responds:
Immediately following Hurricane Sandy, DEP needed to assess the damage to its lands to ensure public safety and identify any potential water quality threats. That rapid assessment identified extensive blowdowns of forest stands, primaril...
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