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Council approved – a Solid Waste Management Plan for the City in 2006. The plan includes building a Marine Transfer Station (MTS) at East 91st Street in Manhattan, which will be located directly on top of Asphalt Green, a recreational facility used by 11,000 adults and 31,000 children every year. The cost of building the MTS has grown exponentially – initially put forward by the City at $55 million – and is now estimated at over $200 million. The next administration will have to pay for its construction as well as its operation. There is an opportunity to revise the Solid Waste Management Plan so that the City does not have to fund this unnecessary project. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the calculus around waterfront development has changed. Locating the MTS in Flood Zone “A” is extremely dangerous and will bring significant risks that will have to be addressed by the next mayor. During the hurricane, water rose well above sea level. Both Asphalt Green’s playground and the site of the MTS were flooded with water from the East River, which traveled as far west as Second Avenue. During a future storm, the MTS would put thousands of tons of garbage on a path flowing through the East Side of Manhattan. In this austere fiscal environment – and with storms like Sandy becoming far more frequent – as a leading contender for mayor, you will hopefully agree that the time to reexamine projects such as the MTS is now. Asphalt Green is one of our community's most valuable resources, providing one of the few remaining recreational open spaces for children. The health and safety of the children and adults who use Asphalt Green and DeKovats Playground, which was specifically designed for children under age five, are threatened by the City's plans. This is due to the safety and atmospheric health risks of 200 trucks per day driving up to — and idling immediately next to — children’s play areas. Preserving our children’s health must be a priority of all elected officials and especially our next Mayor.
We invite you to join us on a tour of Asphalt Green so you can see the impact of building the MTS firsthand. Thank you for taking the time to consider our request. In light of the fiscal and environmental implications of building a waste transfer station at East 91st Street, you have the opportunity to help protect New York City’s children. If you are able to join us on a tour of Asphalt Green, please call Assembly Member Kellner’s office at (212) 8604906. Sincerely,
Micah Z. Kellner Member of the Assembly
Jessica Lappin Council Member
Carolyn B. Maloney Member of Congress
Liz Krueger State Senator
Dan Quart Member of the Assembly
Daniel R. Garodnick Council Member