Standing before a large crowd in front of Asphalt Green, Joe Lhota spoke about why the East 91st Street MTS is such an important issue for him. Besides “how expensive this project will be,” he said that there are those who believe “opening up a garbage dump in a residential area is a good idea. I couldn’t disagree more.” He pointed out that “all the rest of them [marine transfer stations] are in industrial areas.”

Here’s an excerpt of’s coverage:

Joe Lhota is solidly against the 91st Street marine transfer station, announcing that as mayor he will discontinue the City’s efforts at building it. Lhota appeared at a press conference this morning in front of Asphalt Green, the sports and arts facility immediately adjacent to the planned waste transfer station. Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd of 100 or so, it was one of the best campaign Lhota campaign appearances that I’ve seen so far.

The transfer station is part of the City’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, a large, complex plan which is more than a decade in the making. The SWMP grew out of the Giuliani-era closing of the Fresh Kills landfill, previously the destination for the City’s garbage, as the City has tried to develop a long term plan for waste transfer. Lhota is certainly knowledgable on the topic, having been involved in the Fresh Kills closing as Giuliani’s deputy mayor for operations.

Read the Q&A and watch the video of Lhota’s press conference (via