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Reopened Brooklyn Beach Still Under Pollution Advisory

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The New York City Health Department announced that starting Thursday, Sea Gate Beach in Brooklyn will no longer be closed, but city health officials warn the beach could still have elevated levels of bacteria from last week's Hudson River sewage dump.

The DOH still does not recommend that people swim or bathe at Sea Gate until the beach's pollution advisory is lifted.

A fire at a Harlem wastewater treatment plant last week initially forced the city to release raw sewage into the Hudson River.

The DEP commissioner said all wastewater dumps from the plant stopped on Saturday.

Earlier today, State Senator Adriano Espaillat rallied with Harlem residents to protest the sewage spill, saying the city could have done more to prevent the neighborhood wastewater treatment plant's dump.

Espaillat said the city and the Department of Environmental Protection should have some kind of warning system.

South Beach, Midland Beach and Cedar Grove Beach in Staten Island still remain closed.

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