2 Abandoned Vessels Removed From Flushing Bay After Posing Environmental Threats, Safety Hazards. The big blocks pose a navigation safety hazard to other vessels and the smaller pieces kill fish and birds. The barges were deliberately abandoned by their owners. All identifying markings were removed so tax payers will foot the bill to have them removed.
“Someone profited off of this bay and then dumped their refuse here. It’s not acceptable — not just from an environmental standpoint, they are robbing the American taxpayer,” Rep. Joe Crowley said. The cost to secure and remove the barges was more than $850,000….
CBS2’s Elise Finch reports. CBS New York video