The following statement can be attributed to Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer:
“Mayor de Blasio’s decision to file an amicus brief in support of this dangerous construction project next to a school baffles me.
“The mayor is weighing in on behalf of an expensive private facility and against public school children. He’s taking the side of those arguing this project should go ahead without a full and thorough environmental review, after the first review was so botched that a state court ordered it redone.
“The Supreme Court decision cited inadequate consideration for everything from hazardous materials in the soil to noise that could make it impossible for students to learn. I had hoped the mayor would at least agree with me that if this project went ahead at all, it needed to do so with full consideration for these problems and whatever mitigation measures are needed to ensure P.S. 163’s students have a safe and productive learning environment.
“The mayor’s intentions here may be good, but his conclusion is wrong and pits students against seniors.” Read more…