Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Nadler joins Mayor Bloomberg for the development of Brooklyn's waterfront

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Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the senior Northeastern Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Congressman Jose Serrano and Councilman Michael Nelson for the City's unveiling of the its new comprehensive waterfront plan.

"This comprehensive waterfront plan will be an excellent framework for the continued discussion and advancement of New York City's maritime issues, which are of the utmost importance to the economic well-being of our city and region," said Nadler. "This blueprint will reaffirm the City's commitment to preserving, protecting and investing in our precious maritime and industrial infrastructure, and will build upon the Mayor's support of the development of a major container port in Sunset Park as envisioned in the City's ‘1999 Strategic Plan for the Redevelopment for the Port of New York.' The full realization of Brooklyn's container capacity is essential for our region's growth and economic development, and for ensuring that New York remains the preeminent shipping hub on the eastern seaboard."

Nadler delivered the following statement:

"Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for your important and timely leadership on this vital issue. This comprehensive waterfront plan that you are announcing will be an essential framework for the discussion and advancement of New York City's maritime issues, issues which are of the utmost importance to the economic well-being of our city and region. This blueprint will reaffirm the City's commitment to preserving, protecting and investing in our precious maritime and industrial infrastructure, and will build upon the Mayor's support of the development of a major container port in Sunset Park.

"As we all know, this industrial waterfront is more than just an archaic fossil of New York's past maritime glory, but a living, breathing resource for New York City and for the region beyond. I thank you, Mr. Mayor, for your understanding of the necessity of preserving and developing this unique piece of New York infrastructure in the furtherance of our shared goals, which are: creating jobs and economic development, reducing pollution and congestion on our roads, and increasing the efficiency of goods movement throughout the region.

"The movement of goods, while not a topic that captures the imagination of most New Yorkers, is an issue of phenomenal and immediate importance. Our roads cannot handle the truck traffic that exists today, let alone the projected increases of the coming years. For that reason, the trucking of freight is not now and has never been a sustainable or long-term solution. This is why I have, for more than 30 years, spoken so frequently on the necessity of expanding and improving our rail freight and container shipping infrastructure in order to remove trucks from our roads.

"Removing trucks from our major arteries will simultaneously reduce automobile traffic and the accompanying air pollution, increase efficiency in the delivery of goods, reduce the cost of those goods for businesses and consumers, and make New York a more productive and central hub for the delivery and distribution of freight in general. The linchpin of our efforts to rationalize the way we move goods throughout the region is a project that is supported by the Mayor, the Cross Harbor Rail Tunnel, a project which would finally connect Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island to the national rail freight network which begins in New Jersey. Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg, for your support of this critical project.

"In order to make real progress, the City's comprehensive waterfront plan must now build upon the Sunset Park Vision Plan, which was announced last summer, and the 1999 Strategic Port Plan. Among other important goals, these key plans reaffirm the City's intentions to develop a major Container Terminal in Sunset Park. The full realization of Brooklyn's container capacity is essential for our region's growth and economic development, and for ensuring that New York remains the preeminent shipping hub on the eastern seaboard.

"Together, improved rail freight and shipping infrastructure will dramatically transform New York into greener, more efficient, more sustainable, and more economically productive place than ever imagined. I look forward to working with Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and the many others working on these critical issues."

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