Some areas in the Bronx haven?t seen money to clean up polluted sites

Some areas in the Bronx are supposed to receive money to clean up polluted sites, however they haven?t seen a penny.

The areas polluted with trash, metal and chemicals are called brownfields. The state Legislature passed a law in 2003 that sets aside $15 million to clean up the brownfields.

Some say the South Bronx has not received the $400,000 it was promised because the governor?s office can?t agree with the Legislature on how it should be spent. The Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice in Soundview has been working to clean up the community for seven years. The group says it wants to clean up the brownfield to build parks and is disappointed with how long it has taken to enact the law.

Governor Pataki?s office says it is currently in negotiations over brownfields with the state Assembly and Senate. All parties expect to reach an agreement in the next few weeks.

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