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De Blasio Administration Relocates East Village Sanitation Trucks in Response to Resident Concerns

November 21, 2019

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia today announced that Sanitation collection trucks that had been previously parked on East 10th Street have been relocated and are now temporarily stationed at Pier 42 in Lower Manhattan. The alternative location will allow the Sanitation Department to respond to local concerns while still providing essential services like snow removal and collection for nearby neighborhoods.

“When New Yorkers want something done, they want it done yesterday, which is why we’d like to thank our neighbors in the East Village for bearing with us while we found a new home for our sanitation trucks,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We heard their concerns and we’ve responded. Residents can once again enjoy the clean streets and sidewalks that the Department of Sanitation provides without obstruction.”

“The Sanitation Department provides timely essential services like snow removal and collection to New York City residents,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “To do this, we must be near the neighborhoods we serve and finding garage locations in the city’s tight real estate landscape has been a challenge. Parking on East 10th Street was a matter of last resort, which is why we are happy to have been able to find a suitable alternative that allows us to continue our essential services.”

Prior to today’s relocation, the Sanitation Department had parked several trucks near a department facility on East 10th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues after losing its Manhattan District 6 Garage lease. The street parking provided equipment and facility space so that the Department could continue providing essential, uninterrupted service while it continued its search for a suitable alternative.

Pier 42 in Lower Manhattan was recently identified as a temporary location, and Sanitation trucks will be stationed there until construction for a Parks Department public space begins early next year.

The Sanitation Department continues to work on a long-term solution and placement for a Manhattan 6 garage, including a new proposed garage at the Brookdale Campus location. It will continue to work with elected officials and community leaders to develop a permanent facility to serve the East Side of Manhattan.

"The sweet smell of success! Thanks to the work of neighbors, the community board and elected officials, including Mayor de Blasio, Congresswoman Maloney, Borough President Brewer, Assembly Member Glick and Council Member Rivera, the Sanitation Department has finally moved their garbage trucks off this residential block in the East Village to a more suitable location," said State Senator Brad Hoylman. "Hopefully, life will resume to normal for the residents and small businesses along East 10th Street who've been dealing with this stinky situation for over a year."

"It is a relief that the City has relocated its sanitation trucks from East 10th Street to Pier 42," said Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick. "While this unwelcome intrusion has ended, no other community should ever have sanitation trucks parked over nights and weekends on their residential streets, or in front of small businesses."

“I am happy that DSNY is providing the residents and small businesses of East 10th Street with relief from the garbage trucks that have impacted their quality of life for over a year,” said Council Member Carlina Rivera. “But as the park we fought for and secured at Pier 42 begins development in 2020, I look forward to working with the City to find an appropriate, more permanent location for these trucks.”

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