Dear GWAPP Members, Neighbors & Friends:
After nine years of litigation, it ends with more of a whimper than a bang. The New York Court of Appeals denied TransGas permission to take a further appeal to New York’s highest court.
So TransGas has now officially exhausted all of its appeals and will never, ever build a power plant on our community’s waterfront!
There are too many people to thank for this incredible victory. Special recognition must go out, however, to Professor Ed Lloyd and the staff at the Columbia Environmental Law Clinic, William Plache with the New York City Corporation Counsel, local attorney Adam Perlmutter, the Pace Energy Project and its lead counsel Victor Tafur (now with Riverkeeper), and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol.
Many community organizations and individuals were also critical to the victory — far too many to list here (this did go on for 9 years after all). Suffice it to say, we are especially grateful to Christine Holowacz and Peter Gillespie who provided great leadership throughout this long fight.
Yours In Victory!
GWAPP (Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning)
“The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”
So we can start moving forward with Bushwick Inlet Park phase 2 now, right?