The Real Deal New York

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

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