Con Ed employees win industry award for East River fish protection project

Workers install equipment in the East River that reduces the plant’s impact on the  marine life. (Photo courtesy of Con Ed.)

Workers install equipment in the East River that reduces the plant’s impact on the marine life. (Photo courtesy of Con Ed)

By Sabina Mollot

Two Con Ed employees have been recognized for developing a system that protects the fish in the East River from the utility’s steam and electric plant operations.

Gary Thorn, a section manager in Central Engineering, and Brian Brush, senior scientist in Environmental Health and Safety, were the winners of an industry award called the Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

The pair led a $36 million project to design a system of five screens with fine mesh panels to filter fish, eggs and larvae from the water cooling intake at the East River generating station off East 14th Street. Additionally, while the work had initially been expected to be completed by the end of 2014, it wound up being done over a year ahead of schedule, by the end of 2013. The project started in 2006 with testing and site evaluation and review of technologies.

“A lot of the early work consisted of collection of data like how many fish there were,” said Brush. “It was a good deal of fish, but it’s importance to distinguish that when we say fish the technology also protects eggs and larvae and they’re more abundant than actual fish.”

The screens, along with a fish-return system, reduce the plant’s impact on the river. The fish-return system uses a low-pressure spray to gently remove any aquatic organisms trapped on the screens and return them to the river.

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Man fatally struck by L train

Emergency personnel head into the First Avenue L station. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Emergency personnel head into the First Avenue L station. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

A man was killed after being hit by an L train at the First Avenue station, police said.

He had laid down on the southbound roadbed at around 12:45 p.m. and has been declared dead, according to a spokesperson for the department.

The victim was born in 1948 but police didn’t provide any further information about him. He has been identified.

It was around 1 p.m. when fire trucks and ambulances swarmed the 14th Street and First Avenue intersection and shut down train service. A man walking at that corner said he’d been kicked out of the L train he’d been on at Union Square. Meanwhile, an MTA employee stood at the entrance of the subway directing those looking to get in that they’d have to take the M14 to Union Square.

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Teen arrested for fake checks from Waterside Tenants Association

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

An 18-year-old, Lionel Burton, was arrested last Thursday after two fraudulent checks belonging to the Waterside Plaza Tenants Association were deposited into his Bank of America account, the District Attorney’s office said.

The amount of the checks totaled $1,956.50 and once deposited, at the beginning of January, Burton allegedly withdrew $930 from his account. Police said that he later withdrew an additional $505.59 with his ATM card in four separate transactions.

Burton had allegedly provided access to his online banking information to someone that he met on Instagram and he told police that the person he gave his banking information to was known as “Vanilla Bada$$,” but no additional information about this person was available. Police said that after Burton provided his banking information, the fraudulent checks were deposited into his online banking account via cell phone. No information was available about how the checks were deposited into Burton’s banking account or who deposited them.

Waterside Plaza Tenants Association President Janet Handal said that the incident happened after the TA had given out holiday gratuity checks to the Waterside Plaza staff at the end of last year, as they have in the past.

“This is the first year that this has happened,” she said.

Handal said that police told her whoever deposited the checks is associated with Waterside Plaza in some way, because the fraudulent checks that were deposited had the correct account numbers, which means that the person had seen a copy of a valid check from the TA.

“There’s a connection to Waterside somewhere but (the NYPD doesn’t) know where yet,” she said.

Handal added that there had also been an attempt to deposit another fraudulent check for almost $5,000.

“That was the thing that alerted us to the problem,” she noted. “We would have seen the problem anyway but that was our heads up.”

Burton’s Legal Aid attorney didn’t return a call for comment by Town & Village’s deadline.

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 26

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Remembering JFK’s magical effect on crowd

Dear T&V,

Thank you for publishing that picture of the John F. Kennedy rally (from the Nov. 3, 1960 issue).

I was standing 20-30 feet directly in front of him in the densely packed crowd, and there, standing right there, was the handsomest human anyone had ever seen in person. The partially angled sun was streaming through his crown of glorious hair, the color of which was a glowing rose gold. He was so handsome that it was breathtaking. To this day, I have yet to see any picture or image that looked as good as the man I saw that day. Charisma emanated off of him in waves like he was exhaling it to the entire crowd.

I don’t remember a word he said, and I doubt anyone there ever did. He truly could have been reading from the phone book for all that it mattered.

This was magic incarnate!

It is no discredit that the black and white photo you printed didn’t really capture what that day really looked like — I’m not sure any picture could, but it did rekindle very deep memories of that day in 1960. It took me back to a really magical experience. I wish everyone could have been there that day.

He cut an imposing figure, the like of which I’ve never seen since in politics. It set the mold for Democrats seeking high-ranking public office should look like and try to emulate the kind of charm that’s needed. Only Bill Clinton captured it somewhat successfully.

It was written in the history/sociology/political books that JFK was selected by a coalition of Democrat/Catholic/Jewish and Labor voters, which is partially true. What was said and what was apparent at the time of the election was that the vote that won him the presidency was the female vote. Look at the man. Look at the picture of Nixon circa 1960 and then one of JFK smiling and you’ll see why women (and men) voted for him. He looked like the man you wanted representing America to the world and to America itself. It was obvious then, but no longer mentioned.

Richard Luksin,
Minneapolis, MN

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