Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano joined Mayor Ralph Suozzi and Glen Cove City officials in announcing the completion of the Brownfield Cleanup at the Gladsky Marine site Tuesday.
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Peter Scully and redeveloper Michael Posillico of were also in attendance to help acknowledge the nearly 20-year effort to remediate land within the Waterfront Revitalization Area (WRA).
Intervals of pouring rain did little to hinder Mangano’s congratulatory speech, commending the city for its dedication to the cleanup:
“This project is an important step toward restoring hope, opportunity and jobs to our communities that are being held back by the presence of old, abandoned industrial sites that once polluted our environment,” he said. “Working together we can continue to have successes such as this for the betterment of our environment and residents.”
The Gladsky Marine site is a a 3/4-acre parcel of land along Glen Cove Creek on Garvies Point Road; it is the second-to-last brownfield in Glen Cove’s 52-acre WRA.
The cleanup, which began in spring 2010, was made possible by grants from Federal and State government, as well as Nassau County’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, according to a news release.
“We are proud of the continued progress we have made in cleaning up these formerly contaminated sites and getting them ready for productive use,” said Mayor Suozzi. “We are taking important steps to return our waterfront to our community and I thank federal, state, and county partners and the USEPA and NYSDEC regulatory agencies for all that they have done to support Glen Cove along the way.”