‘Crisis’ Brings Power Plant Demand
Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff said construction of a new power plant in Astoria, partially financed through $400 million in tax-free September 11 Liberty Bonds, will place an unfair burden on the communities of Western Queens, but was necessary because of a "looming power crisis".
Asked by Assemblymember Michael Gianaris about Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s April 20 statement in support of the 1,000-megawatt facility at the northern end of Steinway Street, Doctoroff, speaking at the May 6 meeting of the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) said, "We need to generate 7,600 megawatts of new capacity in New York City over the next four years or we will have a major, major problem." Gianaris is lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to block the plant.
Doctoroff said, "We know it places an unfair burden on your community." Responding, a resident in the audience said, "On the health of our community". "We don’t know that," replied Doctoroff. "I’d like to see Mayor Bloomberg buy a house on my block," another resident said.
UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo introduced Doctoroff as a "man of great vision, the founder of NYC 2012 Olympics." "His dream is to bring to New York City 10,000 of the world’s best athletes from 200 countries," she said. "We, however, have concerns that if New York City is chosen, will this dream become our nightmare?"
Poveromo said Doctoroff’s vision could result in crippling amounts of ground traffic and the need for superior security both on land and water in a community already plagued by pollution from airports and power facilities that supply 60 percent of the city’s electricity.
"I believe we’re going to win," said Doctoroff, during a presentation on the NYC 2012 bid. A key date is July 5, 2005 when the I.O.C. (International Olympic Committee) narrows nine cities, (London, New York, Paris, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Istanbul, Leipzig, and Havana) to three finalists. "I will be shocked if we are not chosen," he said, adding, "We have a great plan with great venues that addresses transportation and security."
Outling the "X" plan placing nearly all 40 sports venues along two intersecting transportation routes, through the city, one water and one rail, Doctoroff said no parking will be allowed at the venues.
"We want to leave a legacy to the city, the world of sports and the Olympic movement," he said. "Queens will play a central role in New York City’s Olympics."
On June 19, the first global torch relay for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will begin in Astoria at Athens Square Park and the winner of the international design competition for the Olympic Village at Queens West on the water front, including 4,500 units of housing, will be announced on May 28.
"The mayor has dropped the ball, allowing the power plant on Steinway Street. I feel sorry for athletes coming to Long Island City [Olympic Village] because they’re going to choke to death," Poveromo said.