NYC DEP is building the CWTP in Van Cortlandt Park

September 5th, 2008 Posted in Environmental Reviews, Projects

Since there is so much information on this topic, we decided to organize it by groupings.

1.  GOVERNMENT – The City of New York’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) formed a Facilities Monitoring Committee as required by the City Council Approval of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) in 1999.  (Facilities Monitoring Committees are formed as a result of the Fair Share doctrine of the New York City Charter.)

2.  ELECTED OFFICIAL’S RESPOND – Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz questioned the project’s high cost rising to $3 Billion.

3.  MEDIA COVERAGE

4.  LEGAL ACTIONS – On Wednesday, July 30, 2008, BCEQ’s pro-bono attorney and Bronx resident Ezra B. Glaser appeared before Justice Betty Owen Stinson seeking an Order to Show Cause (OSC) for a temporary restraining order against the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s proposal to blast in and around the Jerome Park Reservoir. The DEP and the City showed up to argue against the OSC. The Judge granted the TRO on the blasting issue.  The next court appearance was on September 3, where the DEP withdrew its proposal to blast.  The community won this one.  For more information, go to this link: http://www.waterblogged.org/city-responds-agree-to-no-blasting/

Documents and attachments to the press releases

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  • Handouts from the FMC meeting of May 17, 2007 (selected) – handouts FMC 051707.pdf
  • Department of Investigation Letter to Assemblyman Dinowitz on May 29, 2007 – Investigation LTR 052907.pdf
  • Assemblyman Dinowitz Letter to the Department of Investigation – Dinowitz Letter DOI 092707.pdf and Attachments to DOI letter 092707.pdf
  • DOI response to Assemblyman Dinowitz on October 4, 2007 – DOI response to Dinowitz 100407.pdf
  • Press Release and report by Assembly Member Dinowitz on the High Costs of the CWTP – pr-dinowitz-cwtp-high-cost-111107 and a-critical-analysis-of-the-dep-explanation-for-high-costs-e280a6
  • Revised Chart of Expenses based on DEP information provided at the FMC meetings as prepared by Karen Argenti.  See the chart here:chart-031008

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