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(INTRO 402)
Introduced: 2006
Passed City Council: July 19, 2006
Passed Mayor: July 26, 2006

The New York City Council approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to change the way the city handles its garbage. Under the plan, the city will move its trash to out-of-state landfills by barge and rail, rather than by trucks, as it does today. The version of the plan that the council approved was altered to lessen the environmental impact on neighborhoods that will have to play host to garbage facilities and to further encourage recycling. The city's current system of garbage management has been criticized mainly because of its negative environmental impact. Over the next twenty years, the lifespan of the new plan, truck traffic is expected to be reduced by 3 million miles. The city expects the immediate financial impact of the new plan to actually raise the cost of handling garbage from about $77 a ton to about $107, but supporters of the plan believe it will be financially beneficial in the long term. For residential waste, the city is planning to open four "marine transfer stations" where trucks will dump garbage onto barges. Two are in Brooklyn, one in Manhattan, and one in Queens. The council strengthened language guaranteeing that these neighborhoods will see a reduction in the amount of waste handled at privately-run truck-based garbage facilities already operating there. The South Bronx is also guaranteed such a reduction, since it has been overburdened for years. A transfer station for commercial waste is also being planned at 59th Street and the Hudson River in Manhattan. The council added a commitment to look for alternative sites in Manhattan as well. The plan must still be approved by the state.


How Councilmembers Voted :

45-Yes  5-No  0-Abstain  1-Absent

Name Party District Vote
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.Democrat32Yes
Maria del Carmen ArroyoDemocrat17Yes
Tony AvellaDemocrat19Yes
Maria BaezDemocrat14Yes
Charles BarronDemocrat42Yes
Gale A. BrewerDemocrat6 No
Yvette D. ClarkeDemocrat40Yes
Leroy G. Comrie, Jr.Democrat27Yes
Bill de BlasioDemocrat39Yes
Inez E. DickensDemocrat9Yes
Erik Martin DilanDemocrat37Yes
Simcha FelderDemocrat44Yes
Lewis A. FidlerDemocrat46Yes
Helen D. FosterDemocrat16Yes
Dennis P. GallagherRepublican30Yes
Daniel R. GarodnickDemocrat4 No
James F. GennaroDemocrat24Yes
Vincent J. GentileDemocrat43Yes
Alan GersonDemocrat1Yes
Eric N. GioiaDemocrat26Yes
Sara M. GonzalezDemocrat38Yes
Robert JacksonDemocrat7Yes
Letitia JamesWorking Families35Yes
Melinda R. KatzDemocrat29Yes
G. Oliver KoppellDemocrat11 No
Andrew J. LanzaRepublican51Yes
Jessica S. LappinDemocrat5 No
John C. LiuDemocrat20Yes
Melissa Mark ViveritoDemocrat8Yes
Miguel Martinez10Yes
Michael E. McMahonDemocrat49Yes
Darlene MealyDemocrat41Yes
Rosie MendezDemocrat2Yes
Hiram MonserrateDemocrat21Yes
Michael C. NelsonDemocrat48Yes
James S. OddoRepublican50Yes
Annabel PalmaDemocrat18Yes
Christine C. QuinnDemocrat3Yes
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.Democrat47 No
Diana ReynaDemocrat34Yes
Joel RiveraDemocrat15 Absent
James Sanders, Jr.Democrat31Yes
Larry B. SeabrookDemocrat12Yes
Helen SearsDemocrat25Yes
Kendall StewartDemocrat45Yes
James VaccaDemocrat13Yes
Peter F. Vallone, Jr.Democrat22Yes
Albert VannDemocrat36Yes
David I. WeprinDemocrat23Yes
Thomas White, Jr.Democrat28Yes
David YasskyDemocrat33Yes


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