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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/19/2015

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Citywide Ferry Service may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The Draft Scoping Document if available from the New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability and the New York City Economic Development Corporation: www.nyc.gov/oec and www.nycedc.com. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted October 8, 2015. Public scoping sessions will be held as follows:

Date: September 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11424

Date: September 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community Center
1000 Rosedale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472

Date: September 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: New York City Economic Development Corporation
110 William Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Date: September 28, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) is proposing to implement a Citywide Ferry Service (CFS) that would provide an affordable and convenient transit option to residents in otherwise transit-isolated neighborhoods. The proposed CFS would expand on the existing East River Ferry (ERF), a privately operated commuter and recreational transit service paid for and managed by the City of New York and NYC EDC. In support of the City's long-standing goal of expanding ferry service as a resource for commuters and recreational users, the Citywide Ferry Service would introduce five new ferry routes. The proposed expanded ferry service would provide numerous benefits to the city, including linking isolated areas to established business districts, supporting commercial and residential development in emerging waterfront areas, easing congestion on other transit systems, and providing a resilient transit alternative that would support the goal of strengthening the city's infrastructure to handle future storm and flooding events. In addition, the proposed CFS would provide additional service for recreational ferry users to waterfront parks and open spaces thereby supporting expanded visitation of parks and open spaces and the citywide effort to increase recreational activity on the waterfront.

Contact: Denise Pisani, New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability, 253 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 676-3290, E-mail: dpisani@cityhall.nyc.gov.


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