2018-10-10 / Front Page

Celebrating The Restoration Of Jamaica Bay Task Force, Bills Protecting Communities

Council Member Costa Constantinides (at podium), chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, is seen here with I. Daneek Miller (l.), Council Members Eric Ulrich (third from l.) and Alicia Hyndman (r.), who joined him in support of a recently passed legislative package to restore Jamaica Bay.Council Member Costa Constantinides (at podium), chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, is seen here with I. Daneek Miller (l.), Council Members Eric Ulrich (third from l.) and Alicia Hyndman (r.), who joined him in support of a recently passed legislative package to restore Jamaica Bay.Council Member Costa Constantinides, chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, was joined by Council Members Eric Ulrich, I. Daneek Miller, Adrienne Adams, Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato, community leaders, and advocates in support of a recently passed legislative package to restore Jamaica Bay, as well as the communities that surround this national treasure.

“While the road to a healthier Jamaica Bay is still long, we now have a roadmap for protecting the health of Queens’ crown jewel along with the communities that live around it,” said Council Member Constantinides. “We can end Climate Week with a big win in the fight against rising sea levels, pollution, and extreme weather. I want to thank Council Members Richards, Miller, Adams, and Ulrich for their partnership on these bills, and to Speaker Corey Johnson for his leadership in moving them through.”

Constantinides was joined at the Crossbay Kiteboarding Launch area in Broad Channel by his Council colleagues: Pheffer Amato; Manuel Silva, chief of staff to Council Member Donovan Richards; Dan Mundy Sr. and Dan Mundy Jr.; Manny Caughman, representing Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman; and former Council Member Archie Spigner.

The legislative package — Intros. 628, 749, and 750 — create a roadmap for the future of Jamaica Bay’s health, protect flood-prone areas of southern Queens and Brooklyn, and address growing issues with groundwater seeping into basements. Their unanimous passage Wednesday reflects a greater effort to make New York City’s coastal areas more resilient against future storms exacerbated by climate change.
 



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