FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2005
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION CREATING NO WAKE ZONE ON HARLEM RIVER
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 495-A, sponsored by Council Members Martinez, Barron, Comrie, Jennings, Palma, Seabrook, Stewart, Yassky, Koppell, Brewer, Sears, Jackson and Liu. This legislation establishes a no-wake area within the Harlem River, requires the distribution of education material about wake reduction and establishes a temporary Citywide Boater Safety and Wake Reduction Task Force.
"Large wakes caused by watercraft pose a danger to boaters, the shoreline and waterfront recreational facilities. This bill was named in honor of Jim Runsdorf. Jim was an avid rower who was recently involved in a terrible accident along the Harlem River and died from his injuries. I am aware that Mr. Runsdorf's family is with us today and I would like to express my heartfelt condolences for their loss.
Edward Skyler / Jordan Barowitz (212) 788-2958