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Comments on the NYSDOT’s 2022 Final Environmental Impact Statement re: I-81 Redevelopment

By: Lanessa Owens-Chaplin Director, Racial Justice Center

The NYCLU submitted comments in response to the New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT’s) publication of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (“FEIS”) on the I-81 viaduct project. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has been deeply involved in the I-81 public participation process to ensure that the Black community living in the shadow of the I-81 viaduct does not suffer further harms from its reconstruction and redevelopment. While we commend the NYSDOT on its adoption of several important recommendations advanced by the NYCLU and others, we have deep concerns that NYSDOT continues to ignore the health needs of the environmental justice community.  

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