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Protect Greenpoint and our children from toxins before it is too late!


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.     


This petition was delivered 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
  • 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

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