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Some local residents in the Williamsburg neighborhood have found something new to complain about. Their new target is the Satmar Matzah Bakery – which has been at the same location for more than FIFTY years.
Local residents staged a small protest in front of the bakery on Broadway on Sunday, complaining that the bakery has dangerous and toxic smoke billowing out of it.
The bakery belongs to the Satmar Williamsburg Kehilla (Rav Zalman Leib), and produces Matzah for thousands upon thousands of families. It is known as the “Congregation Yetav Lev Satmar Matzoh Bakery”.
The following is via WPIX11:
Williamsburg resident Rosa Ortiz says the smoke is irritating her 9-year-old child’s asthma.
“The smoke wakes us up in the middle of the night,” Ortiz said. “My apartment feels like it is on fire.”
Ortiz joined dozens of members of the South 5th Street Block Association as they demonstrated against the Congregation Satmar’s matzo factory at 423 Broadway.
The Williamsburg southside residents claim that the factory spews toxic coal smoke in the early morning hours. It is so bad that some residents say they have to wear masks in order to get to the subway.
In an interview with the media gathered at the scene, local resident Yiddy Wertzberger countered that the bakery burns clean wood, just like any home fireplace. He explained that the protesters would be better off protesting pollution from the vehicles traveling on the nearby highway, or any business producing real toxic emissions.
(Charles Gross – YWN)