After being promised last year that the Brookfield Landfill would be cleaned, it looks like Staten Islanders are getting what they want. Mayor Bloomberg and Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro broke ground yesterday on the project to remediate the Brookfield Avenue Landfill. Bloomberg announced at the site, "Today, we take a giant step forward in writing a new, greener chapter, by beginning the process of turning this site into a new park for the community to enjoy."

Bloomberg also tweeted from the landfill site, declaring, "Brookfield landfill's days as a blight on Staten Island are over. A 132-acre is on its way!" The plan for the new park at the landfill [PDF] is expected to cost around $266 million, with $166 million of City funding and $100 million in funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It should be completed in 2017. The site operated as a landfill from 1966 to 1980, taking in over 1,000 tons of solid waste a day, but was closed after an FBI investigation showed hazardous waste had been dumped there, according to the Staten Island Advance. BP Molinaro announced at the groundbreaking, "It is indeed a great day for Staten Island."