FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2008
STATEMENTS BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SPEAKER QUINN ON STATE SENATE PASSAGE OF GANSEVOORT BILL
"Time after time, the Senate has been at the forefront of environmental equity," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "As part of an agreement reached in June, today's passage will allow the City to reactivate a Marine Transfer Station to process recyclables on Manhattan's Gansevoort Peninsula. Governor Paterson's signature on the legislation passed today will mean we have cleared the final legislative hurdle to implementing the City's historic Solid Waste Management Plan. The Plan will eliminate nearly six million miles of truck trips per year in New York City, and will ensure that every borough has the capacity to handle waste and recyclables. I would like to thank Majority Leader Skelos and the entire Senate as well as Speaker Silver and the Assembly for helping make the successful implementation of this Plan possible."
"Every borough needs to do its share when it comes to waste management, and for too long, the outer boroughs have been doing all of the dirty work," said Speaker Christine C. Quinn. "By creating a marine transfer station on the Gansevoort Peninsula, Manhattan will become an equal partner in the important job of managing our waste stream. I want to thank Assembly Speaker Silver, Majority Leader Skelos and his predecessor, Joseph Bruno, for all their work in passing this critically important piece of legislation. I urge Governor Paterson to quickly sign the bill."
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