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April 18, 2012
Speaker Silver, Senator Squadron
I am writing to on behalf of thousands of people in Battery Park City because the BPCA, Mayor’s office, and city DOT are completely unresponsive. We have a major noise problem down here involving loud jackhammers (see video of similar incident in 2009 at same location) that have somehow been granted working permits by the city DOT to operate throughout the early morning hours. In addition, they have road paving crews which also make “beep beep” loud noises whenever they back up. I understand that similar work is taking place in the Financial District.
In the case of this work taking place on West Thames and Battery Place, this is completely optional, non-emergent, work that does not need to take place overnight. The DOT seems to be operating without any accountability and exhibiting hubris.
We plan to start gathering local residents who cannot sleep due to this construction and protest on the scene. BatteryPark.TV will film this. If you would like to join us, please do so. Again, we appeal to you at the State level because our city is thumbing their collective noses at us.
Steven Greer, MD
(Speaker Silver’s office replied informing us that he has already requested the DOT to cease approving work permits for hours after 6:00 PM. His letter can be viewed here.)
Update: 10:22 PM, April 18
The construction crews were not present for the first time in weeks. The work is not completed, so that is not the explanation. It is likely that the DOT got the message.