Daily Archives: Nov 17, 2017







El Departamento de Transporte del Estado de New York (New York State Department of Transportation, NYSDOT) está desarrollando el Proyecto del Corredor Scajaquada para la reconstrucción de la Ruta 198 (Scajaquada Expressway) del Estado de New York (NYS) en la Ciudad de Buffalo, Condado de Erie, New York. El propósito del proyecto es proporcionar mejoras geométricas y de funcionamiento a la Ruta 198 de NYS en su ubicación actual, a partir del intercambiador en Grant Street hasta la intersección con Parkside Avenue, incluyendo el segmento a través de Delaware Park. Esas mejoras se harían manteniendo la conectividad local así como un crítico enlace de transporte entre la Interestatal 190 y la Ruta 33 (Kensington Expressway) de NYS y una mayor compatibilidad con los usos de la tierra adyacentes. La longitud total del proyecto es de aproximadamente 2.2 millas, todo dentro de la Ciudad de Buffalo.

NYSDOT desarrolló los planes de diseño preliminar para el proyecto luego de una coordinación con las agencias federales, estatales y locales, y de acercamiento con el público. Se han preparado para el proyecto el Informe final de diseño, la Declaración final del impacto ambiental y la Evaluación final de la sección 4(f) (FDR/FEIS). Mediante el FDR/FEIS se evalúa el efecto del proyecto sobre la calidad del medio ambiente humano de acuerdo con las disposiciones de la Sección 102(2) (c) de la Ley de Política Ambiental Nacional (National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA) de 1969 P.L. 91 – 190. Después del 17 de noviembre de 2017 estarán a la disposición copias del FDR/FEIS para su estudio y duplicación durante horas laborales en las oficinas de:

· El Director Regional (Regional Director), New York State Department of Transportation, 100 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14203;

· La Oficina del Comisionado (Office of the Commissioner), New York State Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232;

· Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad (Office of City Clerk), Ciudad de Buffalo, 1308 City Hall,    Buffalo, NY 14202

· Biblioteca Pública de Buffalo y el Condado de Erie (Buffalo & Erie County Public Library), Sucursal del Centro de la Ciudad, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203;

El FDR/FEIS también estará disponible electrónicamente en el sitio web del proyecto: https://www.dot.ny.gov/scajaquadacorridor.

También estará disponible un disco compacto con el FDR/FEIS en los siguientes lugares:

· Biblioteca E.H. Butler (E.H. Butler Library), Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue ● Buffalo NY 14222

· Biblioteca Medaille en el Campus de Buffalo (Medaille Buffalo Campus Library), 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, New York 14214

· Biblioteca Andrew L. Bouwhuis (Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library), Canisius College, 2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208

Se deben enviar los comentarios acerca del FDR/FEIS a:

Craig Mozrall, P.E., Regional Special Projects Manager, New York State Department of Transportation, Region-5, 100 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14203;

o bien a

Peter Osborn, FHWA Division Administrator, Leo W. O’Brien Federal Building, 11A Clinton Avenue, Suite 719, Albany, NY 12207;

o bien

Deben ser presentados por correo electrónico a scajaquadacorridor@dot.ny.gov.

Este aviso marca el inicio de un período de 30 días para comentarios públicos sobre la declaración final del impacto ambiental (FDR/FEIS). Este período para comentarios, que estará abierto hasta el 18 de diciembre de 2017, ha sido creado para dar al público la oportunidad adicional de enviar comentarios antes de que FHWA y NYSDOT completen la revisión ambiental necesaria para avanzar en el proyecto. Los comentarios nuevos o substanciales recibidos que no hayan sido contemplados previamente en el FDR/FEIS serán respondidos como parte del Registro de Decisión (Record of Decision, ROD).

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria has set off a fierce exodus across Puerto Rico, where friends, family and co-workers are arguing fiercely over the morality of leaving the blacked-out island for the U.S. mainland versus fulfilling a patriotic duty to rebuild.

More than 340,000 Puerto Ricans have left since the storm hit Sept. 20 according to airport officials  and some experts estimate more than 600,000 more could leave in the next two years. That’s on top of a similar-size exodus over the last decade of economic crisis, creating a massive population loss for the U.S. territory of 3.4 million.

Most of those who have left went on their own. Aid groups and the U.S. government helped evacuate large numbers of the elderly and sick. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has offered to help relocate those still in temporary shelters, about 2,400 people as of Friday, to temporary housing on the mainland.

Many of those leaving are facing recriminations from fellow Puerto Ricans who accuse them of abandoning their homeland when it needs them the most.

Nilsa Montes, an unemployed waitress, said her friends and family often talk negatively about those who have left.

“They always get criticized because people point out, ‘Hey, you didn’t stay,’” she said. “I wouldn’t move because I don’t give up.”

The drive to stay in Puerto Rico and help rebuild has become a sociocultural movement with its own slogan echoing Montes: “Yo no me quito,” or “I’m not giving up.”

Those four words have become a popular hashtag posted next to pictures on social media of Puerto Ricans rebuilding homes, distributing food and water or simply relaxing on the beach. Some who left or are leaving respond with messages that they would stay if someone found them a job, power or water.

The “yo no me quito” message carries so much meaning that when Denise Centeno, who runs the Hispanic Family Counseling center in Orlando, Florida, recently played “The Blessed Island” by a singer who included those four words in its lyrics, she provoked an unexpected reaction from clients.

“People who had come from Puerto Rico were crying with a horrible feeling of guilt,” she recalled. “They feel like, ‘Wow, I gave up. I wanted to stay.’… Of course they feel hurt.”

In a recent chain of comments on Twitter about the merits of staying against going, one Puerto Rican wrote: “Those of you who left are fleeing from catastrophe while those of us who stay will lift the flag even higher than it already is.”

People who have left bridle at the criticism.

Carlos Rodriguez, an unemployed security guard and volunteer paramedic, moved with his wife and two young girls to the U.S. mainland on Nov. 2 from their hometown of Cayey, nestled in Puerto Rico’s once-lush central mountains. The family lost its home and car to the storm and is now sleeping on the couch of a relative in Providence, Rhode Island, while looking for permanent housing and a job for Rodriguez. His parents, however, stayed in Puerto Rico.


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