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Brooklyn, NY - Residents in Uproar Over Asbestos at Construction of Synagogue

Published on: February 1, 2007 08:39 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - Anna Cali was screaming mad at Goldy Schick, the owner of a Bensonhurst property. She said her children have been exposed to dangerous asbestos. “You put the lives of everyone in this neighborhood at risk by knocking down a building and spreading debris all over the neighborhood,” she said.

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Anna is angry about a pile of rubble on 60th Street. Neighbors are accusing the property owners of illegally demolishing the house to build a synagogue on the pile of rubble, causing an asbestos problem. Anna and other residents were screaming at the rabbi’s wife.

Last month, city inspectors found asbestos on the site and ordered all work stop.
The startling problem with this case is that the city knew asbestos was there from the beginning, and still did nothing to protect people.
The only permit on file on this property was for interior work, not demolition or building, but property owner Congregation Tehilo Ledovid is bypassing zoning laws and is building a synagogue.


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 Mar 15, 2007 at 07:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Check with the BSA. They are not granting this variance yet. There are many inconsistencies that the owner cannot make clear. Sounds like a lot illegal activity that has to be explained.

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 Feb 02, 2007 at 12:25 PM Anonymous Says:

No Chillul Hashem, lots of heat, no light.

They were approved for a variance.

One of the elderly Italian opponents had to be led by police from the Community Board meeting when she started screaming about "You people.."

I'm not at all a fan of the Rav of this shul [that's being charitable], but he went about this properly and legally, and I support him in this fully.

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 Feb 02, 2007 at 12:07 PM shortyoni Says:

nothing will stop goldy.

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 Feb 02, 2007 at 11:12 AM Anonymous Says:

ALMOST EVERY HOUSE IN BROOKLYN BEING TORN DOWN HAS ASBESTOS COVERING THE BOILER PIPES. THOUSANDS WITH ASBESTOS HAVE BEEN TORN DOWN IN BORO PARK AND FLATBUSH OVER THE YEARS.

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 Feb 02, 2007 at 09:51 AM O.Gevald Says:

Chillul Hashem, no.
Illegal activity, no.
Check the laws, my friends. Religious institutions and Congregations have legal loopholes exempting them of following certain "codes".
Forget about asking you Rov, ask an Architecht!

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 Feb 02, 2007 at 09:11 AM Anonymous Says:

Yet another Chilul Hashem!

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 Feb 02, 2007 at 08:17 AM Anonymous Says:

Were is this property?

Who is this rabbi?

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