2013-11-08 / Top Stories

Goldfeder Tells DDC to Speed Up Bayswater Project

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is urging the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to hurry up with the Bay 32nd Street Storm Sewer Project that will put critical storm protection in place for the residents of Bayswater.

Goldfeder sent a letter to DDC Commissioner David J. Burney to express concern and urge him to speed up the work.

“Sandy seriously devastated our communities in Rockaway, including Bayswater and the city should be doing everything possible to help us move forward to alleviate daily flooding and prepare for future storms,” Goldfeder said. “I strongly urge DDC to start work immediately and expedite the Bay 32nd Street Storm Sewer Project to help our families recover from Sandy and make our sewer infrastructure more resilient for the future.”

Due to the delays in the project, streets and nearby homes have flooded even during minor storms, making Bay 32nd Street a hazardous area for drivers and pedestrians. The project was supposed to start this past summer and continue through the fall, but Goldfeder says the project is at a standstill and the work has been postponed, leaving residents without protection from flood water.

“The re-start of this project is long over do,” Jonathan Gaska, District Manager of Community Board 14 said. “Our community should not have to suffer because of DDC’s mistakes.”

In his letter to the DDC, Goldfeder asks for the project to be expedited so residents can rebuild their homes without having to worry about further flooding. “Fifty years ago we were promised storm sewers and we were told money was available for this project,” Martin Sherman, a resident of Bayswater said. “Now after 50 years, the project is suddenly postponed again because the city has once again changed their plans.”

Once complete, the project would result in repaired storm sewers, water mains, sidewalks, curbs, pedestrian ramps, sanitary sewers and catch basins.

“Our residents and families have been through so much this past year and we owe it to them to expedite their recovery and avoid further delay,” Goldfeder said. “I urge the DDC to immediately begin this project and get their work done as soon as possible.”

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