New York, NY (May 30, 2013) – Today, Pledge 2 Protect (P2P) demonstrated the growing momentum to protect tens of thousands of New York City children and families from the dangers of the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS) with two major announcements. First, Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson became the newest leader to oppose the dump. P2P also announced that 10,000 New York City residents have now pledged to support only politicians who publicly state their opposition to garbage dumps in any residential neighborhood.
New York City Mayoral candidates Sal Albanese, John Catsimatidis, Joe Lhota and Anthony Weiner, State Assemblyman Micah Kellner, New York City Councilmembers Robert Jackson, Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick, and City Council Candidate Ben Kallos also have publicly announced their opposition to the dangerous and misguided East 91st Street MTS.
The 10,000 supporters who have individually signed the pledge are joined by a wide range of local and national coalition partners including community boards, businesses, schools, parent associations and environmental groups who have taken the pledge.
“Elected officials and mayoral candidates should take note,” said Kelly Nimmo-Guenther, President of Pledge 2 Protect. “We have already gathered 10,000 signatures and we will continue to mobilize New Yorkers around this issue. The health of New York City’s children is non-negotiable. As a mother with two daughters, I have pledged to protect the health of New York’s children. There is NO excuse for politicians to put even one child’s health at risk.”
P2P will spend the summer educating the public on the issue, mobilizing an additional 10,000 pledges and informing New Yorkers about which elected officials and candidates support building the East 91st Street MTS and which ones support protecting NYC’s children by opposing it.
Last month, P2P made available two reports that demonstrate the inappropriateness and danger of locating an MTS in such a dense and diverse residential neighborhood, as well as the severe negative health impacts the trash station would have on the people who live, work and play there. Up to 500 garbage trucks will arrive at the dump daily, spreading toxic emissions and snarling traffic from Union Square to Harlem. The garbage trucks, diesel and other toxic emissions from the MTS are projected to result in an 8% increase in respiratory-related child hospitalizations. Each year, more than 31,000 children use Asphalt Green’s York Avenue campus, which will be bisected by the garbage trucks as they idle and make their way to the two-acre, 10-story facility sitting on the edge of the East River.
The growing Pledge 2 Protect coalition includes The Art Farm in the City, Asphalt Green, The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy, The Chapin School, Community Board 8, East 79th St. Neighborhood Association, East 86th Street Block Association, East 93rd Street Block Association, Gracie Point Community Council, The East Side Democratic Club, East Side Middle School PTA, Moms Clean Air Force, The Nightingale-Bamford School, NYC Elite, NYC Park Advocates Inc., Parent Leaders of Upper East Side Schools (P.L.U.S.), Residents for Sane Trash Solutions, Inc., Spin Green, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center Inc., local businesses and thousands of New Yorkers.