Removing abandoned vessels from Jamaica Bay will be expedited under legislation passed by City Council


The City Council voted unanimously to approve legislation sponsored by Councilwomen Joann Arola and Selvena Brooks-Powers to amend the city charter to create a marine debris disposal and vessel surrendering office. This will make it easier to clear the city’s shores of derelict boats often abandoned in the outer boroughs, and environmental justice communities like Jamaica Bay, Coney Island, the Arthur Kill and the Kill Van Kull.

Intro 210 is vital toward enhancing the health and well-being of New York City’s waterways,” Ariola said. “By creating an office specifically for marine debris disposal and vessel surrendering, we can better streamline the services necessary for beautifying our waters while offering boat owners viable alternatives to abandonment for their old or unwanted vessels.”