Velazquez, Nadler Write Governor Cuomo in Support of Empire Wind Proposal to Reactivate South Brooklyn Marine Terminal for Clean Energy
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New York, NY – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) have sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in support of Empire Wind’s Port Infrastructure Improvement Plan to build what would become the nation’s first offshore wind production hub at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
“A project at SBMT will be part of the ecosystem of working waterfront we foster in Brooklyn,” wrote the lawmakers. “It is also located in an environmental justice community and can offer equitable economic opportunity for residents and area small businesses through training, workforce development and contracting. Indeed, this project is well suited to meet the goals set out five years ago by the Sunset Park Waterfront Planning and Jobs Task Force to maximize the waterfront’s potential as an economic hub of traditional and innovating industries, job creation and workforce development.”
As the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks proposals to expand the City’s offshore wind production capacity, Velázquez and Nadler are asking for “full and fair consideration” for Empire Wind’s proposal to build and operate a wind farm production hub at SBMT. The lawmakers argue the proposal is in line with the Sunset Park community’s commitment to environmental justice and to the creation of green jobs and a clean energy future. SBMT is located less than one day’s sail from each of the nine East Coast wind farm development areas.
A PDF of the letter can be found here.