FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 28, 2009
STATEMENT OF MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON REMOVAL OF LEGAL OBSTACLE TO PROGRESS ON SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN
"A ruling by New York County Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman has cleared another legal obstacle to progress on our Solid Waste Management Plan. This is welcome progress on my Administration’s efforts to implement the plan, which provides a cost-effective, equitable and environmentally sound system for managing the City’s waste for the next 20 years. When it is complete, the Solid Waste Management Plan will eliminate nearly six million miles of truck trips in New York City, relieving neighborhoods that for too long have been burdened with the waste of others.
"The decision, which dismissed a challenge to constructing a marine transfer station at East 91st Street and the East River, brings us closer to processing Manhattan’s residential and commercial waste in a more environmentally-friendly way. The only thing now standing in the way of construction of the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station is a challenge to an administrative decision made in Albany.
"In addition to progress at East 91st Street, we are also developing marine transfer stations on the Gansevoort Peninsula, at North Shore in Queens, and at two locations in Brooklyn. More than one-third of the City’s waste is already exported by rail, including all of the waste managed by the Department of Sanitation in the Bronx and on Staten Island.
"We will keep up our efforts to put in place every part of the plan, which will improve air quality, cut traffic, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
Stu Loeser / Jason Post (212) 788-2958
Kate Ahlers (Law) (212) 788-0400
Vito A. Turso (Sanitation) (646) 885-5020