NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Upper East Side residents and lawmakers are protesting a proposed garbage station on East 91st Street along the East River.
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Sarah Bliss Hamblet grew up this neighborhood and remembers what life was like the last time there was a garbage station by the river.
“In the 70s, this area was disgusting,” she said. “There were rats all along this area there was trash. The beautiful waterfront that you see here, that space that was just gross.”
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says after years of revitalizing the East River waterfront, building a garbage station would damage the health and safety of those living in the residential neighborhood that has two large public housing developments, schools and a sports complex that serves thousands of children.
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“Plans for the garage dump need to sleep with the fishes,” said Maloney.READ MORE: COVID On Long Island: Oyster Bay Offers Saliva-Based COVID Testing As Town Continues On Road To Reopening
Many say the plan is not adequate and that the parade of garbage trucks would make the neighborhood intolerable.
“We have the worst air quality in the city of New York and this plan would make it worse,” said Councilmember Jessica Lappin.
Maloney has asked that the public comment period by the Army Corps of Engineers be extended beyond the Wednesday deadline.
A spokesperson for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office says the East 91st Street location is the best and most cost-effective option.
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