Millman Issues Statement on BQE Realignment Proposal

June 15, 2010
Brooklyn – Today Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman made her concerns known regarding the New York State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) possible alignment scenario of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway which would result in the eminent domain seizure of homes in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, the Columbia Waterfront District, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Landing, Vinegar Hill or Willowtown. Her statement follows:

“I recognize that New York State DOT’s rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, which includes the stretch of the roadway between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street, is long overdue. This portion of the roadway was not designed for the current volume of traffic and does not meet federal highway safety standards. However, I strongly oppose any realignment scenario that would result in the demolition or seizure of private property.

I am confident that the New York State DOT can and will work with community stakeholders effectively to identify a reconstruction plan that will not endanger any home or business in the neighborhood. As the representative in the New York State Assembly of the neighborhoods affected, as well as a member of the Assembly’s Transportation Committee, I am committed to ensuring that the Brooklyn Queens Expressway is safely restored without resorting to the eminent domain seizure of homes or businesses.”