Communities of Maspeth andElmhurst Together, Inc.
P.O. Box 780151Maspeth, NY 11378
June 8, 2011Rob Holbrook, Senior PlannerNYC Economic Development Corporation110 William St.New York, NY 10038
Re: Testimony in opposition to the planned Van Wyck highway ramps presented at public hearing June 8, 2011 at the Flushing Library
The Communities of Maspeth & Elmhurst Together, Inc. (COMET) is a not-for-profit civic association that was incorporated in 1994. We represent thegeneral interests of approximately 400 member families as well as thecommunity at large. COMET is dedicated to improving the quality of life inMaspeth, Elmhurst and the Winfield section of Woodside.We are actively working to decrease vehicular and truck traffic in the areaand reduce noise and pollution. COMET therefore opposes the plan toconstruct Van Wyck Expressway ramps.Studies have shown that these ramps will bring more traffic to the area, andCOMET’s membership already experiences the burden of too much traffic of all kinds, including diesel railroad and trucks. Our area has long been knownas “asthma alley” and we also live within a recognized cancer cluster. TheLong Island Expressway cuts right through the hearts of both Maspeth andElmhurst. This road is frequently backed up through our neighborhoods now;with the Van Wyck ramps causing more congestion on arterial roads andhighways, this problem will only be exacerbated. The process by which the NYC EDC conducted its traffic analysis has beenshown to be seriously flawed, and if this plan is approved by the NYS DOTand FHWA based on EDC’s studies our neighborhoods will suffer from thedetrimental effects of their poor planning for decades to come. We thereforeask that NYC EDC go back to the drawing board and come up with a solutionthat does not add to the pollution and traffic that already exist in ourcommunities.