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Law Enforcement & Public Safety Commitee Update

Ulster County Legislature

Jack Hayes, Chairman
Law Enforcement & Public Safety  Committee

Update 1-27-11 Senator John Bonacic has asked NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to commence an action directing NYCDEP to immediately cease and desist their illegal activities, remedy them, and pay actual and punitive damages for their behavior.

The following letter was written in support of County Executive Michel Hein’s efforts to stop the pollution of the Esopus Creek Basin. I urge all concerned citizens to write to your State and Federal representatives and ask them to bring about a speedy resolution to this problem.

United States Senator Charles Schumer
Hart Senate Office Building/Room 313
Washington, DC 20510
January 21, 2011

Dear Senator Schumer
I am writing to enlist your assistance regarding the pollution of the Esopus Creek in Ulster County, NY. County Executive Michel Hein advised the Ulster County Legislature that he has been unable to obtain cooperation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency in enforcing the Clean Water Act. Apparently New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has also failed to assist Ulster County in stemming the pollution of the beautiful Esopus Creek.
County Executive Hein has advised the Ulster County Legislature that it may need to fund a litigation action against New York City Department of Environmental Protection. I believe the United States Department of Environmental Protection is the more appropriate agency to pursue this prosecution. I don’t think the Ulster County tax payer should bear the sole burden of enforcing an obvious federal violation.
I am confident you will come to our aid as you always have in the past. I know you will realize the urgency of the situation as the silt accumulates while I am writing. The silt is affecting the fish, wildlife, spring crops and recreational beaches. I am available to assist you in any manner you might wish.

Respectfully,

Jack Hayes
Johnjhayesucld8@hvc.rr.com
845 594 9367

cc. Gillibrand, Hinchey
Cuomo, Bonacic, Cahill
Bloomberg, Hein,

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