Mayoral Debate at 92nd Street Y Brings East 91st Street Dump to Front as Campaign Issue
NEW YORK — March 25, 2013 — The Mayoral Debate at the 92nd Street Y on March 21, 2013 has helped to position the protest against the 10-story, 2-acre marine transfer station (MTS) on East 91st Street as a major campaign issue.
Christine Quinn was the only candidate, of the Democratic and Republican candidates present, to say she is in full support of a dump located:
• in a Flood Hazard Zone A,
• a few hundred feet from the Stanley M. Isaacs & Holmes low income NYCHA housing, which is designated a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC),
• adjacent to Asphalt Green, a five and a-half acre recreational facility which is used by residents of all boroughs and which provides programs throughout the City, with one-third of their programming focused on children of financial need,
• in the neighborhood of 23 public and private schools.
Quinn stated, “You can boo all you want, but we need a city that fights environmental racism and that’s what this plan does. We need to stop the historical position of putting trash transfer stations in communities of color.”
David Eber, a founding member of Residents for Sane Trash Solutions, Inc. (SaneTrash), stated, “The plan to put a dump at East 91st Street does not satisfy the stated goals of those who advocate for environmental justice. Christine Quinn clearly is not focused on the location of this possible facility, nor has she even once accepted the invitation of local residents to visit the site.”
In response to questions about the East 91st Street MTS, Democratic candidate Bill Thompson talked about his visit to Asphalt Green and his concern for the high rate of asthma that already exists in the community surrounding the proposed East 91st Street MTS. Bill DeBlasio and Sal Albanese, Democratic candidates, stated the importance of reevaluating the City’s decision to build an MTS at the East 91st Street site.
The Republican candidates, Joe Lhota, George McDonald and John Catsimatidis, are all against building an MTS at the East 91st Street location.
It is estimated that the new facility will cost a quarter of a billion dollars and would operate 24 hours a day, six days a week. This will cost taxpayers nearly 2.5 times more for each ton of garbage than it does now (the new facility can hold nearly 5,280 tons of garbage a day), resulting in $17 million more in operating costs per year, to NYC taxpayers. The ramp on which the 200 garbage trucks a day will access the dump will cut through the middle of Asphalt Green’s campus which includes a playground, Aqua Center and playing fields, within blocks of 23 public and private schools, religious institutions and small businesses.
ABOUT RESIDENTS FOR SANE TRASH SOLUTIONS, INC.
Residents for Sane Trash Solutions, Inc. (SaneTrash) is a volunteer organization of thousands of New Yorkers concerned about the negative impact of building the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS) adjacent to a residential area, especially in a Flood Hazard Zone A section of the City. For those interested in learning more about the East 91st Street garbage dump and the fight against it, please contact Residents for Sane Trash Solutions, Inc. at email@example.com. Follow SaneTrash at facebook.com/sanetrash and twitter.com/sanetrash.