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Shaking my head again this morning as I read about the boater who tried to outrun Westchester and NYPD marine units this past weekend. [Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch]

Silly, silly man. What the heck was he thinking? That his little, yellow catamaran could best New York’s Finest?

Westchester County Police Department marine units. Westchester County Police Department photo via River Towns Daily Voice.


 

Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch: The incident began at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday, when marine officers observed a yellow catamaran traveling south on the Hudson River at a high rate of speed at the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Boating restrictions limit speeds near the Tappan Zee Construction Project. New York State Thruway Authority image via LoHud.com

 

“Due to the bridge construction project that is under way, the U.S. Coast Guard has declared the area a Regulated Navigation Area,” said county police spokesperson Kieran O’Leary in a statement. “That designation, which has been widely publicized, requires recreational vessels to operate at low speed (5 knots).”

There’s a lot of work going on. Photo Credit: New York State Thruway Authority

 

The marine unit activated its emergency lights and siren, but the yellow catamaran accelerated and refused to stop, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph, according to county police.

The catamaran was intercepted and near Yonkers by Westchester county and NYPD officers and charged with Reckless Operation, Failure to Obey a Police Officer and Operating an Unregistered Vessel. Read more from Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch here…

 

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Flushing Bay. Photo by Transpoman via wikipedia

 

Local residents say Flushing Bay stinks. [DNAinfo]

The polluted waterway is filled with sludge – a thick, black, smelly sediment that has accumulated, from years of untreated sewage, storm water and other contaminants discharging from CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) pipes.

 

 

City officials announced the DEP will begin dredging the noxious sediment from the bottom of Flushing Bay in 2016. The $47 million, 3-year project will dredge about 16.8 acres of Flushing Bay.

Photo via Dredging Today

 

DNAinfo: Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who lead the testimony as the Council’s finance chair, told DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd, the smells are compared to rotten eggs and has plagued her district for years.

Flushing Bay. Photo by Thomas Lowenhaupt

 

The project, scheduled to be completed in 2019, will remove most of the gunk at the bottom and make a “significant” difference, Lloyd said. “When we clean this up it should last for a very long time,” she said.

Read more from DNAinfo here…

 

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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