Growing and Diverse Pledge 2 Protect Coalition Obtains Pledges from Democratic and Republican Elected Officials and Candidates and Looks to Sign Additional 10,000 Pledges

New York, NY (June 26, 2013) – Today, Pledge 2 Protect (P2P) reached its goal of signatures from 20,000 New York City residents who pledge to support only politicians who publicly state their opposition to Marine Transfer Stations (MTS)  in any residential neighborhood. This groundswell demonstrates the growing momentum to protect tens of thousands of children and families from the dangers of the East 91st Street MTS and the coalition announced they will look to add an additional 10,000 pledges.

“We have reached our goal well ahead of our anticipated projections and will look to maintain this momentum and add an additional 10,000 voices to this important cause,” said Kelly Nimmo-Guenther, President of Pledge 2 Protect. “New Yorkers care deeply about this issue, and most of this year’s candidates for Mayor and Manhattan Borough President recognize the importance of protecting all children in our city.”

The P2P coalition has garnered bipartisan support from Mayoral and Manhattan Borough President candidates, as well as legislators. They include New York City Mayoral candidates Bill Thompson, 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. All have publicly announced their opposition to the dangerous and misguided East 91st Street MTS. See the Candidate scorecard here.

Last month, P2P made available two reports that demonstrate the inappropriateness and danger of locating an MTS in such a densely populated 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 idling and making their way to the two-acre, 10-story facility sitting on the edge of the East River.

“Costs for the East 91st  Street MTS have mushroomed from $45 million to a quarter of a billion dollars and are projected to be $1 billion over 20 years – the question for this city’s new leadership is, can we really afford this in a budget scenario that includes no tax increases?” asked Nimmo-Guenther. “Our city has a fiscal responsibility, on top of its commitment not to expose kids, their families and seniors to high concentrations of toxic pollution and fumes, to review this proposal.”

The East 91st Street MTS will cost tax payers $17 million more per year to operate than the existing solution. Today, Manhattan’s residential garbage is transported by truck directly to a waste-to-energy transfer facility in New Jersey – not touching any other borough along the way. Under the new plan it will continue to go to similar out of state facilities by barge via Staten Island.

The growing Pledge 2 Protect coalition includes The Art Farm in the City, Asphalt Green, Moms Clean Air Force, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center Inc., Residents for Sane Trash Solutions, Inc., The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy, Community Board 8, NYC Park Advocates Inc., Parent Leaders of Upper East Side Schools (P.L.U.S.), The Chapin School, East 79th St. Neighborhood Association, East 86th Street Block Association, East 93rd Street Block Association, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Gracie Point Community Council, Public School 151, The East Side Democratic Club, East Side Middle School PTA, , The Nightingale-Bamford School, NYC Elite Spin Green, local businesses and thousands of New Yorkers.

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About Pledge 2 Protect

Pledge 2 Protect is a growing coalition of residents, organizations and businesses working together to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers by stopping the construction of a dangerous and ill-conceived East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS).  Major waste facilities do not belong in any residential neighborhood across the city. For more information, visit www.p2pnyc.org