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