Ravena mayor considering a second opinion to identify gritty substance
Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Capital Region Independent Media Ravena Mayor Bill Misuraca is thinking about getting a second opinion on what the gritty substance was that coated parts of the village in late November. Samples were taken from Magnolia Circle after the most recent dusting and the state Department of Environmental Conservation laboratory identified the substance as salt, but it could not say where the dust came from. The samples tested were collected only at Magnolia Circle, but the dusting event was far more widespread, the mayor said. “This was a village-wide event as far up as northern [Route] 9W all the way down to Magnolia Circle and every neighborhood in between,” Misuraca said. “Could some of it have been salt? Absolutely, clearly from the analysis — that’s what it says. In other instances, I’m not so sure. So the next time this happens, I will probably recommend that the village bring in another — and I’m not saying anything is wrong with DEC’s analysis — but I would love a second opinion because this is an important issue.” The health implications are concerning, Misuraca said. “Why are we breathing in salt, or whatever this other substance may be?" Both village and town officials are urging residents to contact local officials or the DEC at 518-357-2345 if a similar event happens again. “Don’t call me a week after it happens, don’t stop me at True Value,” Misuraca said. “When it happens, call me, ..." Timely reporting of dusting incidents is critical to identifying the source, he said. Town Supervisor George McHugh echoed the mayor's advice on November 22, and urged quick action in reporting future dusting incidents so the source of the substance can be identified. Read more in The Ravena News-Herald.