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Community Bill of Rights

A Message to Mayor de Blasio

We the people of New York City believe no community rights are more fundamental than the rights to Health, Safety, and Justice. No purpose of government is more intrinsic than the obligation to uphold these rights. Yet, in building an industrial facility at E. 91st Street and the East River, the City of New York and its Mayor, Bill de Blasio, are violating the rights to Health, Safety, and Justice of a community that they are obligated to protect.

We, the people of East Harlem, Yorkville and of New York City, unequivocally oppose locating a marine garbage transfer station (MTS) at East 91st Street. Should building of the garbage station continue, we demand that the City take concrete actions to protect our rights by minimizing the harm that the garbage station will inflict on our community during construction and operation. We demand that the City of New York take these measures to protect our Health, our Safety and our right to Social Justice:

Our Right to a Healthy Environment

PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR

• Our right for Best Available Control Technology (BACT) on all vehicles entering and exiting the facility.

• Our rights to have updated/established baseline air quality measurements in order to accurately assess the health impact to the community.

• Our right to have continuous, real-time air quality monitoring and public reporting of PM2.5, PM10 and volatile organic compounds.

• Our right for work/operations to stop and for corrective actions to be taken when air quality tolerances exceed thresholds.

Protect our right to freedom from excessive noise

• Our right to have implemented procedures for noise monitoring and remedial action on noise exceedances.

Protect our right to improving our environment

• Our right for government to implement modern, sustainable solid waste practices such as communal recycling, reuse and composting to reduce/eliminate the need for garbage transfer facilities.

Our Right to a Safe Community

PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO BE SAFE FROM TRUCK ACCIDENTS

• Our right to eliminate truck traffic on local, non-designated truck route streets. Our right to a new traffic study to determine optimal truck routes that eliminate pedestrian-truck conflicts.

• Our right to have implemented community safety requirements and traffic calming improvements.

• Our right to utilize the best available safety features including truck guards on all vehicles accessing the facility.

PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO A SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

• Our right to reduce the traffic safety and health impact of the E. 91st Street MTS by moving the access ramp one block north to 92nd Street.

• Our right to truck time of day restrictions during peak pedestrian hours to reduce air quality, truck safety and noise impacts.

• Our right to protection from building and operating an industrial facility in a residential community: Assign NYPD Traffic Officers, DSNY police officers, and/or Pedestrian Traffic Managers to ensure safety around the MTS.

Our Right to Social Justice

PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO BE SAFE FROM TRUCK ACCIDENTS

• Our right to quality of life improvements to offset the negative impacts of locating the E. 91st Street MTS in a residential community: Fulfill requests to ameliorate overall quality of life through making improvements in other areas such as safety measures, needed maintenance and upgrades to buildings, facilities and parks.

• Our right to a safe, public recreational and educational space in the community.

We strongly attest that all New Yorkers deserve these undeniable rights to a healthy environment, to a safe community and to social justice.

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