Not in My Borough
June 12th, 2007
Members of the Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods marched in front of Assemblymember Deborah Glick’s Manhattan office this morning, claiming the state legislator was harboring NIMBY (not in my backyard) tendencies by opposing a recycling station on the Gansevoort peninsula near her district.
The marine transfer station near 14th Street is part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s solid waste management plan. It was approved by City Council, but needs an OK from the state to move forward. Glick, along with two other members of the state legislature from Manhattan, want to block a bill that would make way for the recycling station
As dozens of Brooklyn and Bronx residents chanted, “Fair share for clean air,Ē representatives from organizations opposed to the plant said there are more suitable nearby sites for the waste facility. They denied the NIMBYism charge.
But the stationís supporters accused Manhattan residents of not doing their part to help dispose of New York Cityís garbage. Waving posters calling for “environmental justice,” members of the waterfront neighborhoods group claimed areas in the Bronx and Brooklyn have been overburdened by the entire city’s waste for years.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, whose district includes the peninsula, has backed the plan, and joined Bloomberg in urging Albany to approve the amendment.By Gail Robinson on June 12, 2007, 2:52 pm
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