Fraud funds should pay for bridge
Ever since the city decided to place the Croton Water Filtration Plant in Van Cortlandt Park in spite of community concerns, we have been waiting to see the $200 million in mitigation funds that were promised in return.
And despite a 1999 Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) agreement that listed a pedestrian bridge to unite the two sides of Van Cortlandt Park over the Major Deegan Expressway as a provision for building the plant, the Department of Environmental Protection claims it doesn’t have the money to hold up its end of that bargain.
Well, here’s an idea, one put forward by Bob Fanuzzi, chair of CB 8 as well as chair of the Croton Filtration Monitoring Committee: Use the $10 million being paid by a filter plant contractor in the latest fraud settlement to pay for the bridge, which Mr. Fanuzzi called the DEP’s “last unkept promise.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, please use that money to keep the promise of a pedestrian bridge in Vannie. Ten years ago you stood in the Bronx and told us within five years we’d see an unprecedented commitment to investing in parks in this borough. You said it would create a “green legacy” for the Bronx. This year, as you’re thinking about your own legacy, think about the promise you made.
Keywordscroton water filtration plant, van cortlandt park, bb fanuzzi, manhattan district attorney's office, mayor michael bloomberg