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Waste-transfer station opponents unleash attack ad: VIDEO

Spot accuses de Blasio of ignoring impact on low-income, minority residents nearby

November 25, 2014 02:20PM

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Rendering of Upper East Side waste-transfer site (Credit: Michael Singer Studio and Thomas O’Connor)

Upper East Side residents who oppose the controversial waste-transfer station planned for East 91st Street released an attack ad yesterday. In it, area locals accuse Mayor Bill de Blasio of ignoring the project’s impact on low-income and minority communities in the area.

Pledge 2 Protect, a coalition of nonprofits and local businesses leading the opposition, paid for the 30-second video, titled “De Blasio’s Dirty Little Secret.” The spot features several anonymous residents discussing their concerns about the project, including the proximity to two New York City Housing Authority properties.

Backers of the project have said it would distribute the city’s garbage more evenly, rather than in predominantly low-income neighborhoods.

An Independent Budget Office study released earlier this month found that the station would cost triple what the city currently pays to transport garbage through Manhattan. — Mark Maurer

  • NNM

    There is no factual basis supporting the construction of this facility. Manhattan’s garbage currently goes to NJ, thus there is no “distribution” issue. In fact, the city’s plan is to barge the garbage from this 91st St facility to Staten Island, where it will be transferred to trains or trucks. So the plan actually does the opposite of what the so-called “supporters” stand for. There are hundred other reasons why building this dump is wrong.

  • BelleHarborSummer

    This facility is being built in one of the most severe flood zones in the City. In fact, it is in the ONLY part of the UES that was flooded during Sandy. As someone who witnessed the devastation of Sandy first hand, I am against building critical infrastructure at this location. Pre-Sandy this may have been a different situation. But to keep building there now is poor public policy for all New Yorkers.

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