The brief was submitted in the face of a New York State Court Judge's December 2015 decision that found that the New York State Department of Health failed to properly minimize the significant construction impacts, specifically relating to noise and hazardous materials, including lead.
This abandonment of responsibility for the more than 500 children at PS 163 undermines the efforts of our parent-led task force to protect them. More powerfully, it plainly illustrates how our school community has been abandoned by the New York City government that we believed had an obligation to protect our children.
Council Member Mark Levine spoke out against the de Blasio's decision, saying “I’m shocked and disappointed by the Mayor’s decision to file an amicus brief in support of JHL Tower.”
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer commented: "In the case of PS 163, a state Supreme Court judge found this environmental review was botched and ordered it redone, to ensure PS 163's students get adequate protection from hazardous materials in the soil and disruptive noise. The mayor's decision to weigh in against this ruling baffles me."
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