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DOCUMENTS SHOW USE OF PIER 57 VIOLATED WRITTEN AGREEMENT; QUESTIONS REMAIN CONCERNING CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY

 
Documents obtained by this author show that the New York City Police Department used Pier 57 as the primary point of processing and detention of arrestees during the Republican National Convention, despite the fact that the written agreement between the NYPD and the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) -- controlling authority over the Chelsea Piers and Pier 57 -- allowed for the pier’s use only as a secondary facility for these purposes. The utilization of the pier on one certain date also seems to have violated the written agreement. At this time, it seems that use of the pier may have taken place without the issuance of any Certificate of Occupancy from the New York City Department of Buildings, which appears to be in violation of city regulations, according to knowledgeable sources connected to this story. DOCUMENTS SHOW PIER 57 CONTAINED ASBESTOS, LEAD CONTAMINATION AND FIRE HAZARDS; HRPT AWARE OF CONTAMINATION PRIOR TO USE OF PIER TO DETAIN PROTESTORS

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