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Brooklyn Today: ‘Trump’s EPA is at it again.’

September 25, 2019 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! The EPA has rejected a competing plan put forth by the city to keep untreated sewage from entering the toxic Gowanus Canal. In a letter, Pete Lopez, regional administrator for EPA Region 2, told DEP that his agency would move forward with its long-established decision to build two massive retention tanks along the waterway — rather than install a tunnel to collect waste.

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THE RUNDOWN

~ BQE POLLUTION MUST BE STUDIED BEFORE REHAB, EXPERT SAYS: A global health expert is urging officials to fund a BQE air pollution study before the city’s Department of Transportation decides on a plan to rebuild a 1.5-mile section of the rapidly deteriorating highway running next to Brooklyn Heights.

~ TRUMP’S EPA REJECTS CITY’S TUNNEL PLAN FOR GOWANUS CANAL CLEANUP: “President Trump’s EPA is at it again: ignoring science and facts when making significant decisions that impact New Yorkers’ lives,” said Ted Timbers of DEP.

~ AFTER BACKLASH, CITY EXTENDS WINTER RECESS TO INCLUDE DECEMBER 23: The Department of Education announced that it will extend winter recess for the 2019-2020 school year to include Monday, Dec. 23 — the sole school day before a one-week vacation that had thousands of people up in arms.

~ NEW PROPOSAL WOULD CHARGE HOMES FOR AMOUNT OF TRASH PRODUCED: The “pay-as-you-throw” program would save the city roughly $367 million. Households would be charged for the amount of non-recyclable garbage they produce, similar to the model used for water, gas and electricity bills.

~ DEVELOPMENT PLANNED AT GOWANUS ARTS FACILITY UP FOR LANDMARKING: Half of the historic Old American Can Factory in Gowanus is a candidate for landmarking designation. The other half is slated for development.

~ TWO WOMEN CAUGHT IN CROSSFIRE IN FLATBUSH: Two women were struck and injured by stray bullets in Flatbush Monday evening, when a man fired at a group of men during an argument, police said.

~ YESTERDAY WAS NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY. HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN SIGN UP: In recognition of National Voter Registration Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio and DemocracyNYC announced a week of action Monday, during which more than a dozen city agencies will be hosting voter registration drives citywide.

~ BROOKLYN’S DISTRICT 16 URGES MAYOR, CHANCELLOR TO PHASE OUT THE GIFTED PROGRAM THEY ONCE FOUGHT TO CREATE: Even as some parents and politicians mobilize to preserve gifted programs, the Community Education Council in Brooklyn’s District 16 passed a resolution Monday night calling on the mayor and chancellor to phase out those programs. (Chalkbeat)

MORE BROOKLYN NEWS

~ “At rail shop in Brooklyn, Trump stickers, accusations of racism and harassment” (Politico)

~ Avery Hall Investments bought a Gowanus site for $44.1 million. (The Real Deal)

~ A Teletubby took over a LinkNYC kiosk in Williamsburg(Hyperallergic)

~ “Downtown Brooklyn emerges as surprising residential hub” (Crain’s)

STAFF PICKS

READ: “How two Kentucky farmers became kings of croquet, the sport that never wanted them” (Deadspin)

EAT: Here are the 19 best vegan restaurants in New York City, including six spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)

CARTOON: Greta Thunberg puts the world on her back. (The New Yorker)

OPINION: A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Timesopens up about the threats facing journalists across the globe. (NYT)

WHAT’S HAPPENING 

6:30PM — Making Documentaries That Matter at the Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn. Details.

7:00PM – 9:00PM — Book Launch: “In Jerusalem” by Lis Harris in Conversation with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc at powerHouse Arena. Details.

7:30PM — The New York premiere of “OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum was Blinding” at BAM. Details.

THE WRAP

 ON THIS DAY
In 1881, the Eagle reported, “The Eagle will not be published tomorrow. In the judgment of the conductors of the Eagle it is proper to show this much, at least, of respect for the murdered Chief Magistrate of the republic [President James Garfield], whose funeral is to take place.”

📔 IMPRINT
Portuguese model Sara Sampaio poses sideways on the October cover of Harper’s Bazaar Greece.

👑 ROYAL WATCH
“Here’s how the royal family would change if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to the U.S.” (INSIDER)

🏒 SPORTS
The Islanders broke ground on their new arena in Belmont. (CBS Sports)

BIRTHDAYS

Happy birthday to Donald Glover, Will Smith, Barbara Walters, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mark Hamill, Jordan Gavaris, Chauncey Billups, Heather Locklear, Scottie Pippen and Tate Donovan!


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