Daily News from New York, New York on December 15, 1971 · 420
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Daily News from New York, New York · 420

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Wednesday, December 15, 1971
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l?f& Terminal MM Quits; P&trm$, W&tkets Sitonded Bush Terminal Railroad shippers and the Kings County district attorney's staff shown aboard the tug Irving T. Bush. Both the railroad and the tug now have shut down operations. NEWS By POLLY KLINE In what appeared to be a stunning blow to the Brooklyn waterfront, the Bush Terminal Railroad was officially abandoned yesterday trom the IIU in Washington mat the permit for abandonment had been granted, effective immediately. The railroad company ordered the closing at 5:15 p.m. Monday. The 1. 8-mile line, which used only locomotives to move cars from and to the floats, had been handling about 12,000 freight cars a year, the users' group estimated. A spokesman said: "There's no reason now why the city can't taKe over the railroad." This would rescue the shippers from possible bankruptcy. Trucking, as an alternate way of shipping, would cost three times as much and would be wholly impractical, he said. The users group plana new court action. More than 300 business con-eerns, dependent on the short freight link, were paralyzed without the service and thousands of workers, whose employment stemmed from the terminal activities, faced loss of their jobs. ''Some Christmas Present" About 100 men reporting as usual for work at 7 a.m. yesterday at the railroad offices, 48th St. and First Ave., found themselves locked out. '"They threw us out in the street," one veteran of 17 years with the company complained For Daily Home Delivery Caff 458-0320 DAILY NEWS. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1971 i o Speedup Plan Bared by Judge By EDWIN ROSS and BRUCE CHADWICK A plan to speed up criminal and civil trials in Brooklyn Supreme Court was unveiled yesterday by Administrative Justice John E. Cone Jr. To begin Jan. 3, the plan calls lor eight new criminal term courts and six new civil judges for the Supreme Court. 1 he eight additional rooms are being added to the current 14 to cut down the long backlog of criminal cases. Cone said. "We are doing this, even though we have not received promised money from the city to hire all the people necessary to do a thorough job of speeding up judicial procedures," he said. Bail Jumpers Increase Cone joined his assistant, Justice Vincent D. Damiani in releasing figures which showed skyrocketing increases in bail jumpers and large increases in the number of criminal cases. They said the number of bail jumpers at the Supreme Court rose from 847 in 1970 to 1.901 this year. In 1971, there were 5,800 criminal cases disposed of and 2,142 outstanding. In 1970, there were 4,517 criminal cases disposed of and 1,235 outstanding. Drugs the Root The justice said that 75'y of the defendants awaiting trial in criminal cases have been charged with crimes committed to finance a drug habit. "Drug addiction is the major root of crime. Until the sale of drugs is controlled, crime figurtes will rise every year," Cone said. Cone arranged the plan with the help of Justice Edward Thompson, the administrative j ;dge for New York County, who is transferring Civil Court judges to sit in the eight new, temporary civil courts to be opened on the third floor of the Supreme Court building, opening up eight other courts for criminal cases. The six judges now sit in the lower court at 120 Schermerhorn St. Their work in the new civil bitterly. "This is some Christmas present!" All movement of freight was at a standstill in the 50-year-old terminal, once one of the nation's busiest, with its seven piers and sprawling complex of industrial buildings. Freight cars, which had been rolled aboard car floats at four New Jersey connecting points with trui.klike railroads, supposedly en route to Bush Terminal, were not moved. Salvage Fails Many of the workers and businessmen affected had feared the shutdown since October 1909, when Bush Universal. Inc., applied to the Interstate Commerce Commission for permission to abandon the line, claiming financial losses. The railroad company is a subsidiary of Bush Terminal. But the end came suddenly Monday, despite frantic last-minute legal efforts to block the closing, which the railroad reportedly threatened to carry out tomorrow, with or without ICC permission. Michael Feldman. lawyer for the Bush Terminal Railroad Users Association, Inc., was in Brooklyn Federal Court seeking an injunction against the road. Joining him were the corporation counsel and the State Transportation Department. The proceedings were interrupted w hen word came by phone I.one Tug Retired The shippers charged the railroad had "put an embargo on its own operation" earlier this month, when it took its one tugboat, the "Irving T. Bush," out of service, explaining it was "unsea worthy" and needed repairs. It rented a tug, needed to tow the carfloats, from another company but warned this makeshift would stop tomorrow. One of the 37 terminal tenants who belong to the users' association pointed out that the city has bought the terminal piers between 40th and 51st Sts. from Bush Universal and has leased them back to that corporation's subsidiary, the Universal Terminal Stevedoring Corp. (Continued on page K7 ) Sewer P lant rotes! roes map at City Hall More than a dozen civic groups from Coney Island ilan a demonstration outside City Hall tomorrow to protest what they foresee as an odoriferous and hazardous addition to their community an enlarged sewage treat- plant. tec Kids' Yule Surprise: Santa Talks' to Them By JOHN BELMONTE Hold your palm upward, close it into the form of a '"C" and make a long swinging arc from one shoulder to the other, smile broadly. That says Merry Christmas. Yesterday, at Martin's department store, Fulton and Bridge Sts., Brooklyn, some SO deaf children saw Santa Claus actually telling them that for the first time. The children were from the St. Francis de Sales school for the deaf at 697 Carroll St., in Brooklyn. They had come to see Tom Newman (excuse me, Santa Claus) who has a fine knowledge of sign language and hand spelling. "Can't Believe It" "I can't believe it," said 12-year-old Ann Marie Saccente, her hands grazing her forehead as she made quick changes of fingers to throat, hands to shoulder in sign language. "Now I know Santa is really real." Sister Ann Powers, who has taught at the school for eight years, said, "This is wonderful for the children. They are really surprised to see Santa talking to them. Just listen to their reaction." Three of the children expressed their feelings about Santa and Christmas with hands moving expressively. "It makes me so happy! I like Christmas because I know that a New Year is coming and Santa will bring me some very special v & 0 PSs. 4 1 ir" p , 4 Santa's words in sign language delights deaf children at Martin's. Kri- fJEWS photo by Ed folinari is Tom Newman. things," said 12-year-old Dolores Botie of Middle Village, her face beaming proudly. "I'm going to get a football and basketball, Santa told me so." said 13-year-old Jose Casiano of Park Slope, holding his hands as if throwing the two. His Gift for Mom "I like Christmas because of all the lights on the stores and Santa is here and this year I'm going to give mom perfume," said Joseph Do Falco. an 11 -year-old from Jackson Heights. His hand) moved as if dabbing perfume behind his ear. He then brought his fingers toward his nose and smiled. Santa Claus said he learned sign language while working with d"af and dumb proofreaders at the old New York World Telegram. "I saw some of the children come in with hearing aids last week," Santa said, to use some of my and sign language lit up and I made "So I started hand spelling . Their faces arrangements wilh their teachers for their classmates to come," said the 30-year-old Newman. Without the sound of "Jingk-Bells," Christmas carols or Santa's reindeer clattering on the roof, the children had talked to Santa. They knew Christmas was here. mem The Board of Estimate H sclu'dtilfd to hold a hearing tomorrow on a proposed map i hange which architects for the city's Environmental Protection Administration say will be re-!iiired to expand the present Conev Island Pollution Control Plant. Spokesmen for the protesting groups said the community will be l'ft with massive traffic ami parking problems part iculai ly when summer crowds flock to the resort area - by the suggested closing of Avenue Z from Knapp St. to Toyle St. Air Pollution Peril Moreover, according to Harry A. Schwartz, president of the ''itizens Civic Leairue, they fear a "tremendous increase in air pollution" because the plans indicate the size and capacity of the present plant will be doubled. This fear is entirely unfounded, an aide in the KPA's water resources department said. In fact. ipa'-ity of 110 million gal-day of treated sewage will trie same and the process modernized so that smells rnieiiy plagued the area y eliminated, the the Ions a remain will he that f will be virtual spokesman said Some existing buildings will have to be enlarged anil a structure to house the "preliminary l inks," iti which the sewage first, flows and becomes settled, mut be built. 'No fias. No Odors' The new so-called step aeration, procedures being introduced produces tio gas and therefore no odors, the city aide said. The project, part of a long-term eit.ywide pollution control plan, is estimated to cost $40 million, with the city paying 40r,r, the state .")!)'; and the federal govern civtit 1 ' . .

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