Photo Courtesy of Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato’s Office
Pheffer Amato called the MTA-owned lot at the base of the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge in Broad Channel an “eyesore.”
By Michael V. Cusenza
Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) this week urged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to clean up its property at the base of the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge in Broad Channel.
Pheffer Amato fired off a letter to the transit agency on Monday, noting that many constituents have complained about the lack of cleanliness and safety of the MTA-owned “eyesore,” which is filled with construction materials, machines, loose debris, and rusted fences.
The assemblywoman indicated that she sent the missive after seeing the “horrible conditions” at the lot during a recent walkthrough with Broad Channel Civic President Dan Mundy, Jr.
“We’re only months away from the warmer weather and this property is filled with trash and debris. Our homeowners, local businesses, and bike enthusiasts should not be subjected to this continued disrespect,” Pheffer Amato said. “It’s time the MTA clean this area and be good neighbors to the residents of Broad Channel and Rockaway. Our ask is simple: It’s time for some spring cleaning!”
The MTA told The Forum on Tuesday that its facility personnel have made sure there is no contractor spillover, so there is no impact to customers and the pedestrian walkway remains open.
“We make it a priority to ensure that our operations don’t negatively impact the surrounding residential area and we will continue to work with the assemblywoman and local community to address any concerns they may have,” said MTA spokesman Chris McKniff. “The materials associated with this work are being used for a FEMA funded [Superstorm] Sandy resiliency project to strengthen flood protections at the bridge, which will ultimately benefit this community for years to come.”