Mayor’s ally being paid to fight him” (March 9) continues a misguided conversation based on rhetoric and misses the substance of the issue. The de Blasio administration has a moral responsibility to protect New Yorkers from dangers. As adults, we have a responsibility to protect the city’s children.

The 2006 decision to build a 10-story, three-block garbage station next to Asphalt Green is stunning in its absurdity. This fitness and sports facility serves all the boroughs, including 34,000 children a year.

Asphalt Green provided 52% of its programming free to New Yorkers in need in 2013, and 62% more minorities live in this area than at any other proposed marine transfer-station site.

The truck ramp will bisect the campus, carrying trucks 11 feet from the front door and along the sports fields. The city must rethink this. Building a garbage station next to our children is not right for anyone.

—Carol Tweedy
Executive Director 
Asphalt Green

A version of this article appears in the March 17, 2014, print issue of Crain’s New York Business.