The writer is the owner and operator of the Baxter Hotel on Beach 116 Street and has run for elected office as a candidate of the Independence Party.
Remember when the Board of Estimate went out of business on August 30, 1990 because it was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge? Something to do with the one-man one-vote concept. Brooklyn had two and a half million people and Staten Island had three hundred thousand people but each borough had the same say in city government, or something like that. Anyway that’s when Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection Harvey (Sludge) Schultz ran away from the Arverne project. He had so many irons in the fire he abandoned his plan to build 10,000 units of low-income housing. I say low-income housing because that’s what the plan said if he failed to sell market rate housing. One of his fire irons was the building of an electric field in Canada. I believe it was called Hydro Quebec James Bay Project. To make a long story longer Sludge Harvey got up to his ears in the project and when it was finished it turned out to be one of the biggest environmental disasters ever recorded in history. Sludge Harvey and company flooded an area the size of France and 10,000 Caribou drowned on the first migration along with countless other species. Not to mention that Sludge Harvey relocated two Indian tribes north, the Cree and the Inuit.
You might ask, “What has that got to do with us stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean on a little sliver of earth?” Here’s the Rub. At that time Sludge Harvey was busy sending, let’s call it, Magic Sludge at a cost of $800 a ton to Texas for burial. Here’s the bigger Rub. The average cost for other states was $30 per ton.
Here’s the final Rub. According to the Water Environmental Federation / EPA Biosolids Fact Sheet 1 (1995) New York City sludge pollutant contaminate concentrations are down dramatically when compared to the Federal and State allowable concentrations and there should be no reason for New York City to ship sludge out of state. Google Magic Sludge Harvey Schultz and read for yourself.
Here’s another Iron in the fire for Sludge Harvey. He was a member of Burson-Marstella: (B-M) Public Relations for the New World Order, a propaganda organization that set out to destroy anyone getting in the way of their agenda. (B-M) has 63 offices in 32 countries and almost $200 million in income in 1994.
See how lucky we were to be in his presence the many times he showed up to promote the Arverne project. He still has his foot in the Rockaway door. He is involved in the new building on Beach 116 Street down by the beach, or at least he was till he left the earth about eight months ago. Muss Development. That’s where more people are moving out than moving in nowadays. Google Carmelo Ruiz Burson-Marsteller and see who our elected officials drooled over and adored in Rockaway Beach.