2009-03-26 / Top Stories

Residents Rally In Aftermath Of Waste Site Plan Revocation

By Dara Mormile

Above: Crowd marches through streets around facility where waste transfer station is proposed. Below: Assemblyman Nick Perry (center) addresses residents. Photos by Dara Mormile Above: Crowd marches through streets around facility where waste transfer station is proposed. Below: Assemblyman Nick Perry (center) addresses residents. Photos by Dara Mormile "Not in Canarsie. No way, no how," could be heard during a victory-like rally, held last Saturday at 100-02 Farragut Road, where a medical waste transfer facility was proposed for the site over a year ago.

Spearheaded by State Assembly-man Nick Perry, City Councilman Charles Barron and State Senator John Sampson, the rally drew a crowd of nearly 100 who were informed that the facility cannot, after all, operate due to zoning regulations. According to the Department of Buildings, the property is zoned for commercial use.

"This property is not zoned for manufacturing," Perry said. "We're going to fight this project with every resource we have and we're not going to leave our constituents by themselves. It's important to make sure the Department of Environmental Conservation do its job and protect us from developers who have no regard for the safety of the community."

Last week, District 18 Community Board Manager Dorothy Turano announced that the owner of the property, Gershon Klein, must apply for a zoning variance to operate the medical waste transfer facility at that location.

Assemblyman Perry introduced legislation last week to prohibit the establishment of any medical waste transfer site within one-half mile of any residential area. The bill will be voted on in the Legislature and if passed, signed into law by Governor Paterson. The measure would prohibit the citing of the waste transfer station.

Perry also plans on seeking a restraining order from the New York State Supreme Court, barring Klein from operating his business if he violates the zoning codes.

"If we see any trucks turning down these streets that operate under Klein's business, we're going to call the police to issue them a summons," Perry said. "We have heard from Klein's lawyers and it's clear that they are going to continue to pursue the application and go forward with their plans, but we're not going to give up the fight."

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