Ezra Prentice Initiative

News Updates

July 3, 2017:

​DEC accepts our $50,000 grant proposal towards the Albany South End Environmental Justice Project.

May 24, 2017: 

Check out the latest survey results from Akua Boakye-Yiadom.

October 11, 2016:

State cutbacks, recalcitrance hinder Clean Air Act enforcement: ​News article and video about the health issues at Ezra Prentice

August 19, 2016:
Ezra Prentice Health - The Next Stage: ​Meeting held at Ezra Prentice to talk about health concerns from diesel trucks. The EPA came to hear from the residents.

July 7, 2014:
Lac Megantic Rally/Tribute 

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Oil Train Blast Zone Map

Ezra Prentice Homes is a public housing project situated next to the Port of Albany in the city’s far southern edge; it has been officially designated as an Environmental Justice Community by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Until recently, the DEC has been reluctant to address the air pollution issues that plague this community. Through direct observation, it was evident that residents of Ezra Prentice suffer from an extremely high level of illnesses, that appears to be related to air pollution.

Ezra Prentice is in a highly industrialized area, with many potential sources of air pollution, but the two sources that most clearly impact residents are from the Kenwood rail yards, where oil tanker and other rail cars are parked and switched directly behind Ezra Prentice, and the heavy diesel truck traffic on South Pearl Street.

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