Heastie Says Dredging Should Be Part Of Talks With GE

Aug 18, 2015

The speaker of the New York Assembly says any talks about convincing GE executives to relocate their headquarters back to New York should include discussions on the company’s Superfund cleanup of PCB’s in the Hudson River that’s about to end.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been talking to GE executives, trying to lure the company’s corporate headquarters back to New York, according to a report by Politico New York.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie toured the upper Hudson River on Tuesday near where General Electric has been required by the EPA to dredge potentially toxic PCB’s from the river. The project is due to finish this fall, but some environmental groups and local government leaders want it to be expanded. Speaker Heastie says further cleanup of the river should be part of any talks aimed at winning GE’s top executives back to New York.

“I believe that companies should be good corporate citizens,” Heastie said. “What they need to do here should be part of any discussion.”

The governor’s office had no comment.

Heastie, who replaced Sheldon Silver after Silver was arrested for corruption last January, is on an upstate tour.