September 26, 2013
I am writing in response to your correspondence concerning proposed construction of Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street at the mouth of the Newtown Creek in Brooklyn.
During Hurricane Sandy, Newtown Creek surged past its banks inflicting enormous flood damage along its entire 3.5 mile length, leading to evacuations and millions of dollars in repairs. The scientific consensus is that these types of storms will become larger and more frequent in New York State. The impact of these storms on waterfront residential zones leaves them more vulnerable to catastrophic flooding.
I spoke with my colleagues who represent the area and both Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Councilman Stephen Levin have issues with the project.
I believe that more accurate information and more studies need to be completed before building continues along all of Brooklyn’s waterfronts in light of the devastation experienced during Superstorm Sandy. Be assured that I will continue to advocate for the safe building of our waterfronts and continue to raise the need for more “truly” affordable housing for all of Brooklyn’s residents.
Thank you for writing me and please contact me again on matters of mutual concern.
Joan L. Millman
Member of Assembly 52nd District
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