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Dear Governor Cuomo,

Environmental threats of Greenpoint’s industrial past on Newtown Creek may be disappearing, but a new danger is brewing at the hands of large real estate developments.  Currently two projects—Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial St—are slated to be built on the mouth of Newtown Creek. This is the largest waterfront redevelopment in Brooklyn’s history.

During the 2005 waterfront rezoning of industrial sites to residential properties, the city failed to perform a Full Phase 1 Environmental Testing. Most waterfront properties were private, so the city’s study relied on dated DOB violations, observations from the sidewalk, and old insurance maps to determine levels of toxicity.

Of the 22+ acres of land about to be rebuilt, a staggering 58,000 gallons of petroleum is buried in underground storage tanks.  The project’s proposed elementary school will be built next to a former sludge tank. Across the street from the school and children’s playground is a State Superfund site which has two large plumes of liquid plasticizer leaking beneath the streets.

As more money flows into Greenpoint, toxic ground is being dug up at alarming rates. According to Greenpoint Landing’s construction timetable, residents will be exposed to toxic air from excavation for a total of 3 years; this is 60% of their 5 year construction period.  This exposure does not include the 77 Commercial Street project, other brownfield clean-up sites in the area, or the EPA’s dredging of Newtown Creek which is currently releasing dangerous cancer-causing VOCs into the air we breathe.  

A question no one in the city is answering: What are consequences on public health when cumulative heavy construction in the area exposes residents to compromised indoor air quality from toxic vapor intrusions carrying heavy metals, PCBs and VOCs?

Before residents get sick, we urge you Governor Cuomo and the State to order a comprehensive Environmental Site Assessment of the redeveloped area before construction begins.  

Your continuing aid of the Newtown Creek clean-up is inspiring. We hope you will extend this support to the rest of Greenpoint and help protect your citizens.     


Letter to
Commissioner NYS Department of Health Dr. Nirav Shah (Commissioner NYS Department of Health)
City Councilman District 15 Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises Joel Rivera
City Councilwoman District 34 Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises Diana Reyna
and 38 others
City Councilwoman District 5 Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises Jessica Lapen
City Councilman District 7 Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises Robert Jackson
City Councilman District 51 Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises Vincent Ignizio
City Councilman District 4 Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises Daniel Garodnick
City Councilman District 27 Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises Leroy Comrie
Legislative Director--Brooklyn City Councilman--33rd District Rami Metal
City Councilman District 36 Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises Albert Vann
City Councilman District 28 Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises Ruben Wills
DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens (DEC Commissioner)
Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit Beth Meer
NYS Department of Health, Center for Environmental Health, Director Nathan Graber
Region 2 Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Judith Enck
NYSDEC Office of Environmental Justice Arturo Garcia-Costas
NYSDEC Office of Environmental Justice Melvin I. Norris
NYS DEC Division Director/Division of Environmental Remediation Robert Schick
NYS DEC Deputy Commissioner Remediation & Materials Management Eugene Leff
City Councilman District 28 Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises Mark Weprin
NYS Deputy Secretary of the Environment Basil Saggos
Brooklyn City Councilman--33rd District Stephen Levin
New York State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
State Representative Joseph Lentol
Senator Charles Schumer
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
New York State Senate
New York Governor
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
Health and Disability--Brooklyn Borough President Italia Granshaw
Land Use Coordinator--Brooklyn Borough President Kevin Parris
Land Use Director--Brooklyn Borough President Richard Bearak
Executive Assistant--Brooklyn Borough President Debbie Brillo
Chief of Staff--Brooklyn Borough President Jon Paul Lupo
Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Sandra Chapman
EPA Newtown Creek Coordinator Wanda Ayala
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
Protect Greenpoint and our children from toxins before it is too late!