Last week, Assemblyman William Colton announced a lawsuit against the city over plans to build a waste transfer station at Bay 41st Street near Gravesend Bay. The location is on the site of a former incinerator that had been blamed for rising asthma and cancer rates.
Democratic State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes, who is vying for State Senator Marty Golden’s seat, declared his support for Colton’s campaign against the facility.
“I wholeheartedly support Assemblyman Bill Colton’s decision to take his fight over a waste transfer facility near Gravesend Bay to the New York State Supreme Court, and I applaud him for continuing to stand up for what’s right, even when it doesn’t bring in campaign cash. He and concerned residents have been fighting for years to protect protect the bay and surrounding areas from the damage that another trash facility could cause to our environment, our health, and our quality of life,” said Gounardes in a release.
Gounardes goes on to say that he will join Colton and any local residents to protect the park spaces the proposed facility would destroy. He also mentions that he wants to help save the $87 million taxpayer dollars the project would consume.
As for Colton, he has called on the local community to support his efforts “not stand by idly while the City proceeds with its reckless plan to re-introduce these toxins and contaminants, as well as destroy the quality of life in our thriving residential, recreational neighborhood.”