2016-03-16 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Bridge Needs A Facelift

To The Editor:

Re: “Bridge Needs A Facelift” (Hell Gate Bridge, March 2)

Painting is no good!

Why paint over rust?

You have got to sandblast first. Get rid of the rust and get down to the steel, then paint.

The Queensboro Bridge is also in terrible condition – bad!

Charles J. Lercara, M.P.A.
(Ret.) Assoc. Engineer Tech., D.E.P.

Our Hearts Hurt

To The Editor:

On behalf of all your neighbors in Astoria – our hearts go out for all of you involved in the incident on Sunday.

Also for our liquor store owner who was really well-liked in the area who passed away.

God bless you all.

Astoria Bob

Safe Revelry

To The Editor:

Millions of adults will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with parties and parades. But it takes more than the luck of the Irish to make sure everyone who revels gets home safely.

That’s why Anheuser-Busch, is working with area bars and restaurants to encourage revelers 21 and older to celebrate responsibly and designate a driver or make plans for a safe ride home.

Thanks to efforts like these and increased law enforcement, drunk-driving fatalities have declined 53 percent since 1982, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Don’t rely on luck alone to get you home

safely this St. Patrick’s Day. Download the Bud
Light Taxi App! You’ll be connected to the closest
cab company – no more programming cab phone
numbers or waiting on hold.
We hope New York residents will join us in
celebrating responsibly on St. Patrick’s Day, and
the weekend prior to it. After all, these are our
roads and it’s our shared responsibility to keep
them safe.

C.A. Verdon
Corporate Social
Responsibility Coordinator

Clean CB 5 Too

A copy of this letter was received at the Queens Gazette. March 1, 2016 Kathryn Garcia

NYC Department of Sanitation
125 Worth Street, Room 720
New York, NY 10013

Dear Commissioner Garcia,

I am writing to request Queens Community Board 5’s inclusion in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s CleanNYC initiative. The five commercial corridors in my district – Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood, Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village and Grand Avenue in Maspeth – need greater support in trash pickup and maintaining cleanliness.

Last year, in an effort to curb illegal dumping, the number of waste baskets along these roads was reduced significantly. This, however, exacerbated the problem, when a large number of trash bags were left in just one of a few waste baskets. The pile up of garbage significantly affects the quality of life for the countless number of my constituents traveling these heavily-trafficked streets each day.

Not only is foot traffic very heavy on these corridors, it is also a transportation hub. Several bus lines stop along these streets, and passengers from the M train travel this route as well. Additional trash pickup is desperately needed.

To help alleviate this problem, I already allocated over $140,000 through the Doe Fund to clean Myrtle Avenue, Fresh Pond Road and Grand Avenue. While this initiative has helped, it has not solved the issue entirely. Additionally, I believe City Council discretionary money is best allocated towards a grassroots, community-based organization, and not a city agency.

CleanNYC will provide resources to neighborhoods that lack in appropriate cleanup measures, and this clearly includes Community Board 5. I request it be made a primary part of this initiative.

Thank you. I look forward to your timely response.

Elizabeth S. Crowley
Council Member, 30th District

LIRR Voluntary Cleanup

To The Editor:

Re: Long Island Rail Road Arch Street Yard Voluntary Cleanup Program VOO733

The MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has an approximately eight-acre site in Long Island City, located at Jackson Avenue and 21st Street. The site houses a train repair facility that is not currently in use and is zoned for industrial use. The site has been historically used as a railyard. An area of concern, comprised of approximately three acres of the whole yard, is in a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Voluntary Cleanup Agreement (VOO733). In December 2003, an LIRR contractor discovered contaminated soil while excavating a utility trench under the 21st bridge at the site. Contaminated soil was removed and properly disposed. However, several contaminants were detected in the groundwater. In September 2011, the site was added to an existing Voluntary Cleanup Agreement.

The LIRR strives to be a good neighbor to the communities it serves and is sending this letter, with a NYSDEC Site Record enclosed, to inform you of the upcoming environmental remediation investigation at the site. As per NYSDEC requirements, a Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) with the NYSDEC approved Remedial Investigation Work Plan, has been placed in the Long Island City branch of the Queens Library, located at 37-44 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101 and in the NYSDEC Region 2 office, attention Ioana Munteanu-Ramnic at 47-40 21st Street, 1st Floor, Long Island City, NY 11104. For an appointment at the NYSDEC Region 2 office please call 718- 482-4065 between 8 am and 4 pm.

The LIRR has scheduled site investigation field work on March 14 2016. The field work is expected to take several weeks. The primary objectives of this Remedial Investigation are to fully investigate and characterize the nature and extent of contaminants in soil and ground water for volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls and metals; identify migration pathways and potential human and ecological receptors; characterize site hydrogeology, especially regarding groundwater flow and how conditions influence contaminant migration; and collect sufficient field data in order to select appropriate remedial actions to remediate impacted soil, groundwater and/or soil gas, if warranted.

The Remedial Investigation is the first step in the remedial activity of this site. The entire investigation and remediation process is under the oversight of the NYSDEC and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The LIRR will remediate the site to a level which is protective of public health and the environment. As per the CPP requirements, the LIRR will distribute a fact sheet describing the results of the NYSDEC-approved Remedial Investigation Report when the report is finalized.

Please do not hesitate to contact Sal Arena, Spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) at 212-878-7440, if you have any questions.

Gloria G. Russo
Manager - Environmental Planning &
cc: S. Arena (MTA)

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