Pause the Vote on Tweed Expansion

Pause the Vote on Tweed Expansion

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10,000 Hawks started this petition to President, New Haven Board of Alders Alder Tyisha Walker-Myers and

We need to stop the FLOODING of our homes and streets. We need to reduce, and not trigger ASTHMA with our children. We need to stop WETLANDS DESTRUCTION. We need to stop EMINENT DOMAIN activities, not make them easier. We need to keep economic development profits LOCAL.

We call on the New Haven Board of Alders to PAUSE the vote on the 43-year lease agreement with AvPORTS (a Goldman Sachs subsidiary), because:

  • there is no traffic calming plan (yet)
  • there is no noise study or remediation (yet)
  • there is no environmental assessment (yet)
  • there is no coastal resilience plan (yet)
  • the jobs deal is purported to be 2 years, while the lease is 43 years. The out-of-state lead contractor walks away with most of the money. We haven't seen any plan (yet)
  • there is no recent economic pro forma (yet)
  • there is no public health plan for increased asthma & cardiovascular issues (yet)
  • there are no limits on freight & cargo (yet)
  • there will be easements on how to enact eminent domain
  • all residents of East Shore, Fair Haven and Fair Haven Heights will be affected by noise and air pollution, while the profits will fly away to Goldman Sachs international investors
  • this is a classic case of privatized profits and socialized risks and losses.

There is no community-reviewed or approved benefits plan. The entire harm mitigation budget for both New Haven and East Haven is $5 million. Based on questions raised by residents' questions during the master plan hearings, funds will be stretched too thin for empty promises like residential and street flooding remediation, traffic calming and extra police presence for traffic control, noise study, sound mitigation, and no mention of public health interventions.

Do not rush this review. 43 years is a long time. There is no need for this "have to pass it, can't amend it, don't look too closely, ram it through" so-called deal approval process.

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