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Transfer Station Opponents Put Ad Blitz On Hold As Talks With Sanitation Commissioner Continue

Demonstrators demand that the city halt plans to remove a row of 30-year-old pear trees on the Upper East Side in favor a garbage dump. (Credit: CBS 2)

Demonstrators demand that the city halt plans to remove a row of 30-year-old pear trees on the Upper East Side in favor a garbage dump. (Credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The President of ‘Pledge to Protect’ said that she will be holding onto an ad blitz as talks with Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, regarding an Upper East Side garbage transfer station, continue.

“I thought it was an appropriate accommodation at that time to say, ‘you know what? She has been sincere and I want to acknowledge that sincerity and give this some time to work with the community and address the concerns,'” Kelly Nimmo-Guenther said.

The group has now joined forces with opponents of a similar garbage transfer station that has been planned in Brooklyn, and called for a complete audit of the solid waste management plan.

“If we reduce overall tonnage we don’t actually need these facilities,” she said.

Nimmo-Guenther said that if negotiations head south the group will unleash the ads.

Garcia said that the Department of Sanitation was committed to being a good neighbor.

“This administration has taken a new approach to implementing the city’s Comprehensive Waste Management Plan, which is guided by a commitment to fairness and borough equity, while also being responsive to air quality, traffic and pedestrian safety concerns of communities in close proximity to marine transfer stations,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “The DSNY is continuing to meet with the Upper East Side community to discuss possible solutions in an effort to demonstrate our willingness to be good neighbors.”

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