NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A candidate for mayor wants garbage trucks to go green.
Democrat Sal Albanese declared that when he becomes mayor he’ll replace the city’s diesel powered garbage trucks with natural gas fueled models.READ MORE: Gov. Lamont: Connecticut Man Who Tested Positive For Omicron Variant Has Mild Symptoms, Resting At Home
“We have the dirtiest sanitation fleet in America. We have a great sanitation department, but the trucks are polluting city streets, and they are impacting people’s health,” he said.
As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, he acknowledged that trucks powered by natural gas initially cost more.READ MORE: Bob Dole, Former Senate GOP Leader And Presidential Nominee, Dies At 98
“But you make that up in three years because the fuel cost is 50 percent less,” he said.
He said Mayor Bill de Blasio’s objective of cutting carbon emissions is admirable, but flawed in its execution.MORE NEWS: Zayid Muthana Has Successful Surgery To Remove Bullet From His Head, Family Says
“You don’t set a goal and then do something that really contradicts that objective by using these diesel fuel trucks,” he said.