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Local Residents Pack Village Hall To Debate Proposed Tuckahoe Hotel Site

Tuckahoe Government Access coverage of the Village of Tuckahoe NY, Village Board Meeting, held on 8/8/2016.
Tuckahoe Government Access coverage of the Village of Tuckahoe NY, Village Board Meeting, held on 8/8/2016. Video Credit: TuckahoeAccess
Dozens protested the proposed Marriott hotel site in Tuckahoe before the Board of Trustees meet Tuesday.
Dozens protested the proposed Marriott hotel site in Tuckahoe before the Board of Trustees meet Tuesday. Photo Credit: Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition
The proposed location for a Marriott on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe.
The proposed location for a Marriott on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition is arguing that the proposed site of the Marriott in Tuckahoe isn't environmentally safe.
The Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition is arguing that the proposed site of the Marriott in Tuckahoe isn't environmentally safe. Photo Credit: Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - Southern Westchester residents are set to take the trek to Tuckahoe on Monday to protest the environmental efficacy of the potential site of a proposed Marriott hotel in Tuckahoe .

In advance of Monday’s Tuckahoe Board of Trustee meeting - which lasted more than three hours - dozens attended a protest rally at Village Hall in an effort to insist on more testing and control of toxins so that the best safety plan can be formulated at the Marbledale Road location.

The proposed Marriott hotel has been a topic of much debate in Eastchester for more than a year, after pollutants were found in the soil at what was once a quarry site at 125 Marbledale Road, prompting the DEC to confirm that it is a hazardous waste dump.

As the project moves forward, residents have expressed repeated concern about the environmental safety at the site, although the DEC has approved a Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP).

“We cannot be complacent in protecting our community,” Waverly Elementary PTA co-President Sarah DeRise stated. “Our children are our most valuable citizens.”

According to the Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition in charge of Monday’s rally, the currently RAWP was approved without a proper examination of the site, with no testing being done on the surrounding three aces , only in the center of the location.

“The current RAWP does not understand and analyze the threats of the entire toxic quarry dump, locate chemical-filled drums before digging or appropriately test monitor and contain toxic soil vapors,” they said in an email blast to residents. “It does not appropriately test, monitor and analyze off-site groundwater or test and monitor for dioxin, radioactivity, pharmaceuticals and other toxic containments.”

On Tuesday, the Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition will then host a quarry dump presentation event, where they will have individual experts that have evaluated the site available beginning at 7 p.m. at Mickey Spillane’s Pub on White Plains Road.

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