Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Will Spitzer's Resignation Be Good or Bad for Broadwater?

I'm a bit ashamed to admit that after hearing the news on Monday about Governor Spitzer, one of the first things I thought of was: is this good or bad for Broadwater?

When David Patterson becomes governor, will he be likely to rely more on his staff for a recommendation than Spitzer (who has been lobbied personally by the head of Shell and the head of Citizens Campaign for the Environment) perhaps would have?

I certainly don't know but would welcome opinions. The deadline for the state to make its Broadwater decision is April 11. The Hartford Courant has a story with some thoughts from Donald Williams, president of the Connecticut State Senate, here.

There's a funny, parody site up now, by the way, called Fraudwater, apparently put together by someone who calls himself Long Island John. Check it out.

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Anonymous Bryan said...

Paterson is former state senator from Harlem, where clean air and asthma in children are big issues. If Broadwater wanted to curry favor with Paterson, I would expect them to pay some attention to Harlem and Upper Manhattan-based environmental groups and environmental justice groups. Not that Broadwater has anything to do directly or indirectly with the air quality in Harlem, but because it would be good PR with Paterson's former constituents. And not to say that it would necessarily have any affect on Paterson's thinking.

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Blogger Sam said...

I just checked the wind rose for the NYC ozone nonattainment area and while predominant high speed winds are from the south and SSW, a good fraction of the summer has light easterly winds that are associated with fumigation, capping inversions, and ozone & particulate episodes (doe to lack of wind flushing and scavenging). So in my technical opinion, yes, Broadwater does affect ozone, particulate, and resulting health conditions such as asthma in the Harlem area. If you recall, NYDEQ mentioned the fact that PM2.5 (fine particulate) was over the limits for Broadwater.

"Fraudwater" seemed like a very serious website by the way - I was hoping for some real satire and irony over there, with a name like that! -sam

2:46 PM  

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