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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Joins Brownsville Community In Fight Against Environmental Racism

Latrice Walker, courtesy Latrice Walker website

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has joined Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, Councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel (CD-41), Councilmember Inez Barron (CD42), Assemblymember N. Nick Perry (AD-58), Assemblymember Charles Barron (AD-60), Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie (SD-20), Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), and Congresswoman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) in denouncing the MRI pipeline project.

“Thank you, Mayor de Blasio, for announcing what the rest of us already knew,” said Assemblymember Latrice Walker, who represents Ocean Hill-Brownsville, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Bushwick, and Cypress Hills.    

According to Walker’s office, an international corporation such as National Grid knows better and should have used better judgment when deciding on the environmental course of our community.    

“An environmentally dangerous pipeline in one of our densest, primarily African-American communities is unacceptable,” said Walker.     

“The last thing my neighbors need is another environmentally hazardous, potentially cancer-causing project, undertaken by a major corporation running through another Black Community” continued Walker.    

The Assemblywoman added, “Just because so many of us are underserved doesn’t mean we are not smart. We know what this pipeline would be. Stopping it is critical to the health, safety, and welfare of the people I serve. We appreciate your joining with us to stop environmental racism in Brownsville.”

The residents of Brownsville fought to have the MRI pipeline be stopped immediately. The Nehemiah Homeowners Association, the Brownsville Residents Green Committee, and the Ocean – Hill Brownsville Coalition of Young Professionals called for the MRI pipeline to be stopped permanently.

According to a press release from Walker’s office, there has been more than enough proof provided by various sources that this pipeline has a high probability of becoming a stranded asset, which would  leave the residents to foot the bill for the pipeline as city and state climate laws are implemented, not to mention the pipeline would contribute carbon monoxide and methane to the atmosphere, thereby accelerating climate change and its impacts on coastal metropolises like New York City.

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