Chemung Legislature urges Gov. Cuomo to clean up EHS contamination
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Chemung County Legislature is working on legislation to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to take further action in cleaning up the contamination at the Elmira High School. Under the resolution brought up on Monday night, it asked Governor Cuomo to take action on the property under the "Brownfield Cleanup Program". Through the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) program, it encourages private sector cleanups to promote redevelopment and revitalize communities. Concerned residents of Elmira showed up to the meeting to say they want more to be done at the school.
"The Brownfield Cleanup Program is not the way to go," said Ziff Law Firm Partner, Christina Sonsire. "It's slow, there's little accountability, it gets hung up in all the bureaucratic doings of Albany. We, meaning the public, and now the legislature, the legislature heard the concerns and responded accordingly, we would like Governor Cuomo to take further action. To classify this as a "Class 1" contaminated site and to make this process comprehensive."
After hearing concerns from the public, the legislature decided to table to resolution. They plan on meeting with contamination experts in the coming weeks to see if they should rework the resolution to list the school as a "Class 1" contamination site.