The environment affects all Americans, and those living in New York’s 13th Congressional District are no exception. The 13th District is densely populated and interlaced with major transportation arteries and at least three rivers. Because of the nature of the environmental challenges we face, it is clear that a multi-national approach is imperative to assess, analyze, and turn back the threats to our environment. The 13th District, with its well-developed public transportation system, multiple highways, and congested residential make-up is ripe for environmental reevaluation. Expanded use of the Metro North stations at Marble Hill, University Heights, Williams Bridge, Botanical Gardens, and Fordham, along with expanded A, D, 1, and 4 train service can all alleviate the immediate environmental effects of the heavy automobile traffic in our District and similar transportation initiatives nationwide can help as well.
Another source of concern for our District is the Indian Point nuclear power generation facility in Peekskill. While Indian Point is not located in our district, large swaths of the District are directly exposed to any environmental problems resulting from Indian Point’s location upstream of our District by way of the Hudson River, Spuyten Duyvil Creek, Harlem River and the East River. It is imperative that our elected representatives ensure that the Federal agencies responsible for Indian Point’s safe operations be held accountable.