The New York Post (12/16/09) told how Mayor Bloomberg at the Climate Change Copenhagen Summit admitted that a survey of the air quality in some of New York City's neighborhoods showed that several of them are very polluted. Surprisingly, some of the wealthier areas of the city had more air pollution than Tottenville or Canarsie. Midtown, University Heights and Greenwich Village were among the most highly air-polluted areas. Causes of the pollution were listed as the combination of many high-rise buildings which burn heavy oil and the air pollutants from the high number of vehicles on the streets.
Westchester's air has not met federal standards for ozone and particulate matter. In New Rochelle recently constructed tall buildings and increased traffic in the downtown area are evident. Both create the potential for health problems for residents. Several weeks ago the New Rochelle City Council was presented with a proposal for a small EPA grant. Two areas were required to obtain the grant, so the Clean Air Act and air pollution and toxic substances were suggested. This grant could be used to make residents aware of the dangers of air pollution. Apparently the City is hesitant to apply for the grant because it was so competitive.Read more
I agree , in these times we all need to pay more attention to the conditions around us . From Echo Bay to LeCount Place to our school taxes , Avalon 911 calls , budget contractions , Board of Ed challenges , and on and on , there hasn't been this much focus on so many issues for as long as I can remember . Personally , I support this kind of participation by the citizens . I once wrote that things will get better and perhaps it will have more to do with what we do rather than the politicians , and believe me , the more we get involved , in anything/ everything , the better New Rochelle will be for all of us .Read more
In January, 2007, County Executive Andrew Spano appointed me to serve on his recently announced Global Warming Task Force. I am also serving as Chair of the Government Sector section of the Task Force. Mr. Spano charged the 34 members of the Task Force with the task of drawing up action plans that could be implemented by all segments of the Westchester community (municipal governments, residents, businesses and institutions), to assist us in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the County.
The Task Force is working with various environmental organizations, County and local administrators, and also a consultant who has been retained to assist us in meeting the County Executive’s goal. Someone I met recently said, “Just tell me what to do”, which is exactly what we hope to accomplish on this Task Force.Read more