On September 20, 2021, East River Park Action formally asked the Governor of the State of New York, the Honorable Kathy Hochul, to convene an investigation into the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project immediately, especially the sewer infrastructure alterations, given that the tragic removal of nearly 1,000 drainage – and air quality – critical trees could begin at any moment.
ERPA pointed out that such an inquiry can be made part of, or can provide crossover information and fact-finding for the Governor’s announced “after-action report” on Hurricane Ida, where, as the Governor herself pointed out, intense rainfall “isn’t going to happen every 500 years, and may happen again next week.”
ERPA argued that the process irregularities and compromised (if not potentially fraudulent) decision-data used in both the Environmental Impact Statement and contracting agreements arguably constitute a significant portion of the “intelligence failures in terms of our preparedness” the Governor said that she intended to uncover.
Specifically, ERPA requested that the Governor’s office direct an immediate investigation under Executive Law 63 or other applicable legal provisions into the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project actions and decisions listed on the attached Addendum. ERPA further requested that the Governor take any available appropriate steps to halt NYSDEC approvals or other affirmative New York State Agency participation in or approvals of this project, including contracting actions, until a full investigation into project design, impacts, funding, and contracting is completed.
The New York Attorney-General the Honorable Letitia James was among those copied in the Governor’s letter.
To see the letter in pdf format, use this link:
Please contact the Governor and ask that she orders a pause in the execution of ESCR until an investigation requested by ERPA is conducted;
By phone: 1-518-474-8390 (9:00 AM – 5:00pm)
By email: Use the Contact the Governor link in her website. It offers choices of subjects, among them environment, or health or parks and recreation. People can choose. https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form
By US mail:
The Honorable Kathy Hochul
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224