To the editor:
Amazon’s new 120,000- square-foot warehouse for New York deliveries is in the heart of both the South Bronx’s Asthma Alley and the poorest congressional district in the United States.
Welcomed avidly by Bronx officials and hundreds of potential employees, it still comes at a cost.
Also thrilled at the news are the small businesses and independent contractors who will deploy the needed trucks. But adding fleets of delivery vehicles will bring more air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions to this marginalized community.
Amazon’s plans must adhere strictly to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s aim of reducing transportation sector emissions 50 percent by 2030.
How about some goodwill from our new Bronx neighbor? Why doesn’t Amazon help drivers apply for state funds for electric trucks, or even offer bonuses for driving them?
Laurie Joan Aron