Congresswoman Nydia Velézquez will be hosting a community informational meeting at Wyckoff Gardens Community Center this Wednesday October 22 at 6:30PM with representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York City Department of Environmental Protection and of New York City Housing Department (NYCHA).
State Senato Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblywoman Jaon Millman and Councilmembers Brad Lander and Ste Levin will als be attending.
The agenda includes a presentation on the Superfund clean-up of the Gowanus Canal as well as the siting of two retention tanks to control the raw sewage that flows into the canal during rain events.
Most importantly, this is an opportunity for residents of Gowanus Houses and Wyckoff Gardens, who were particularly hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, to address issues of flooding and aging infrastructure. Representatives of both apartment complexes have repeatedly complained of raw sewage in their basement and and gurgling out of their kitchen and bathroom sinks and tubs.
These issues probably relate more directly to the City and to NYCHA's inability to invest in better and newer plumbing than to the Superfund clean-up, but this meeting will give residents the opportunity to direct their complaints to the appropriate agencies with the elected representatives present.