Hundreds Expected to Rally Against Plant Thursday
By JORDAN MOSS
Norwood residents and Van Cortlandt Park fans want city officials to hear them roar Thursday night, April 22, as they gather in MS 80's auditorium to oppose the filtration plant proposed for Mosholu Golf Course in Van Cortlandt Park.
For weeks, community groups have been meeting and spreading the word about the event, hoping to fill the 500-seat space.
Many local elected officials were invited and are expected to attend, including Councilmembers June Eisland and Adolfo Carrion, Assemblymen Jeffrey Dinowitz and Jeffrey Klein, and State Senators Guy Velella and Eric Schneiderman. The event is being organized by the Mosholu Woodlawn South Community Coalition, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, and the Norwood-Bedford Park Consortium.
The event comes two weeks before the City Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the project (see following story). If it is approved by the commission, the proposal still has to make it through the City Council. If it is rejected there, the mayor can veto the Council's action, and then the Council would have the opportunity to override that veto with a two-thirds vote.
Many local residents oppose the project because of the noise, dust, and traffic they believe will engulf the neighborhood during construction. Some activists believe that a filtration plant is not necessary and that natural methods of purifying the Croton watershed upstate should be more aggressively pursued. Others think the city should seriously consider building the plant in Westchester, where two town supervisors have expressed interest in hosting the facility.
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