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LaGuardia AirTrain: Riverkeeper joins Port Authority staff’s call for investigation

Agency’s Inspector General should look into Governor Cuomo’s “undue influence” over the project Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement yesterday that he would resign from office, dozens of Port Authority staff members demanded a halt to the proposed AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport and an investigation into “undue influence” from the Governor’s office, the Daily News reported. Riverkeeper has raised numerous concerns about the project’s biased environmental review, which avoided consideration of potentially superior transit alternatives. A Riverkeeper lawsuit unearthed a letter reflecting that the Federal Aviation Administration, which was charged with approving […]

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PA pushing AirTrain benefits, awaits FAA

AirTrain plan clears environmental bar

Riverkeeper statement regarding Army Corps’ postponement of storm surge barriers feasibility study

On Friday, February 21, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the indefinite postponement of the New York New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. It, along with several other Corps CSRM feasibility studies across the nation, did not receive federal appropriation funding as announced in the Army Corps Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan. This announcement effectively ends the potential for New York Harbor-wide storm barriers, a positive development for the Hudson River, the communities along it and the species for which it provides habitat.  However, […]

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NYC has a plan to clean its sewage-filled waterways. Does it go far enough?

Swimming in the East River could happen sooner than you think

NYS Supreme Court rules that Port Authority must release LaGuardia AirTrain communications

Riverkeeper sued for the release of information shared between the Port Authority and the FAA. NEW YORK — Justice Carol Edmead of the Supreme Court of New York County issued a strongly worded order directing Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to release its communications with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the proposed LaGuardia Airport AirTrain construction project. In her opinion, Justice Edmead found that Port Authority’s legal bases for withholding the documents “had ‘no legs.'” The court held that Port Authority is subject to the New […]

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Environmental groups sue NYC to enforce Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act

Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic files lawsuit against NYC DEP on behalf of eight national, regional and local organizations to ensure the public is warned when city sewers are discharging.  Groups say that New York City’s lack of compliance puts the public’s health at risk.  NEW YORK — The Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic sued the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for not complying with a state law requiring operators of public sewage treatment works to notify the public of sewage overflows within a reasonable amount of time.  The Pace […]

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Governor Cuomo proposes bold ‘Revive Mother Nature’ Initiative

If implemented, the ‘Revive Mother Nature’ Initiative would be a landmark effort to restore critical marine and freshwater habitats statewide.  Over the weekend, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an ambitious “Revive Mother Nature” Initiative to restore critical marine and freshwater habitats throughout New York State. The program has three important and interrelated goals: Improve water quality, enhance marine life and promote coastal resilience. The governor is promising to make the initiative a priority in his 2020 State of the State address this coming January. Core to the “Revive Mother Nature” Initiative […]

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