Mayor On Decomposing Bodies Found In Trucks: 'Do Something Rather Than Leave The Bodies There.'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Mayor Bill de Blasio says the treatment of bodies at a Brooklyn funeral home is “unconscionable.”

Several dozen deceased were found in unrefrigerated rental trucks, and now reports say a backlog for cremation services may be partly to blame, reports CBS2’s Tony Aiello.

The crematory behind Woolworth Chapel at Woodlawn in the Bronx is just five miles from Pelham Funeral Home, but director Clive Anderson is not using Woodlawn. He’s sending deceased to Connecticut for cremation.

“We’re very fortunate that we’ve been able to find a crematorium out of state,” said Anderson. “That way we’re not waiting four to six weeks to have a cremation done. We can do it within a few days, which means that we don’t have to store people here at the funeral home.”

The massive backlog at the city’s four cremation facilities is reportedly a factor behind the shocking scene at Cleckley Funeral Home in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn.

Dozens of decomposing bodies improperly stored in unrefrigerated rental trucks were discovered there on Wednesday.

Operator Andrew Cleckley could face fines from the state in addition to scorn from the mayor.


“Why on Earth did they not either alert the state who regulate them or go to their NYPD Precinct and ask for help,” said de Blasio. “Do something rather than leave the bodies there. It’s unconscionable to me.”

It’s also been outrageous to families of the deceased.

“I expected to lay my mother down properly and with respect and at a reasonable time,” said Tamisha Covington, daughter of a woman who was to receive full funeral services from Cleckley.

Dominic Carella has 32 years in the industry and says the pandemic’s wave of death threatens to overwhelm small operations such as the one in Brooklyn.

“A few individuals that are just accepting calls that they can’t handle and they’re not reaching out to help,” he said. “It’s not fair to the families that they’re servicing.”

Working at capacity, the city’s cremation facilities are booked into June. Between early February and mid-April, 15,000 more people died in New York City compared to the same period last year.

In regards to the incident in Brooklyn, the New York State Department of Health issued the following statement: “An investigation by order of the State Health Commissioner has been initiated to immediately address reports of these unacceptable conditions to ensure public health and restore dignity to the decedents. Funeral homes and morgues must be accountable for their actions or lack thereof, and we will do everything under our authority to protect health and safety.”

Comments (5)
  1. donna says:

    very sad to mock the attempted genocide and horrific human suffering that many have endured throughout the world….very sad….mans inhumanity to man…..”holohoax” ? what a cruel and heartless term to render these stolen lives as meaningless and non existant

  2. Jeffrey V Heavin says:

    The holohoax narrative until 1990, asserted that 10,000 “victims” were gassed then cremated per day between 1942 and 1944. That German engineering is quite something, isn’t it ?

  3. Duke Young says:

    The SS did not have to worry about the EPA!

  4. Pajeet says:

    Really makes you think about how the Germans could cremate 6 million bodies with 1940s tech in only a handful of locations in the middle of a war with limited resources.

    Imagine how much we would have learned about this magic technology if the soviets had let us inspect those camps after the war! At least we have the stories by survivors who were not gassed to tell us about that German efficiency. #neverforget

  5. Reed Thomson says:

    But the German’s had ablsoutley no problems cremating 6 million in 4 years while fighting a war on two fronts…. Hmmmmmmmmm.

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