Marine Transfer Station

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The Marine Transfer Station at 91st St. turns good urban planning on its head, putting a Marine Transfer Station in a densely residential neighborhood instead of an industrial zone. I oppose the site and believe it represents poor policy-making that must be reversed. If you agree, please sign the petition.

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Press Coverage
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nonetheless, City Councilman Ben Kallos is urging constituents to voice their concerns during the comment period.

"With a public comment period for the permits up for review, our community has an opportunity to make our voices heard," he said in a statement. "I urge the DEC to fulfill its mandate to protect our neighborhoods and our environment by stopping the permits for the irresponsible and ill-conceived Marine Transfer Station."

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Press Coverage
New York Daily News
Thursday, May 21, 2015

The city’s ambitious goal to send zero waste to landfills by 2030 makes two controversial garbage transfer stations — including one on the Upper East Side — unnecessary, and a waste of $390 million, a group of pols charged.  

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Press Release

At the New York City Council Sanitation Committee FY16 preliminary budget hearing today, Council Member Ben Kallos slammed the unsustainable and rising costs of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan—specifically the planned marine transfer stations at 91st Street and Southwest Brooklyn.

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Press Release

Council Member Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) came out strongly against Intro 495 this morning at a hearing on the legislation, issuing the following statement:

"Introduction 495, is not waste equity, it is waste inequity. Rather than relieving burdens on environmental justice communities, it simply creates new environmental justice communities..."

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Aside from the issues of escalating cost, which are well-known, the MTS is completely unneeded. Existing MTS sites at West 135th St and West 56 St. have been taken out of service, and the one at Lincoln Ave. in the South Bronx, less than 2 miles from 91st St., is very under-utilized - at 9:30 this past Monday morning, for instance, there was not a single truck waiting to enter. There is no need to waste taxpayer money on an unnecessary and unwanted structure. 

On the other hand, East Harlem and the Upper East Side have the least amount of open green space relative to population in the City; adding the platform at the MTS site for bike rentals would allow many more residents and visitors to enjoy the Esplanade. Today the nearest Citibike location is at 57th St, making it impractical given the time limit on these rentals.

Also, from Carl Schurz Park north there is not a single water fountain or toilet on the Esplanade, which puts a real damper on public enjoyment.

Finally, the cost of such a public use platform would be far less than the MTS, freeing up funds for more important repairs and construction on the Esplanade, so it could move towards the kind of space found today along the Hudson on the West Side.

I asm sure you have additional thoughts about how the MTS platform space could be used in addition to those above.


Thank you for listening.


Peter Kelvin

535 East 86, 8H

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Press Coverage
NBC News 4 New York
Thursday, November 6, 2014

The city's independent budget office says the waste transfer station being built on the Upper East Side will now cost nearly $79 million more than it's initial $554 million price tag. Ida Siegal reports.

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Press Coverage
Thursday, November 6, 2014

A new study finds that the plan for an Upper East Side waste transfer station would triple its current costs to the city.

The Independent Budget Office's study says it currently costs $93 a ton to drive trash from Manhattan to New Jersey and Yonkers.

It indicates the transfer station would bring that cost to $278 per ton.

The total cost over the next 20 years would increase from $253 million to $632 million, which is actually a more expensive estimate than the budget office made two years ago when it looked at the issue. 

City Councilman Ben Kallos, who requested the report, hopes the numbers will encourage Mayor Bill de Blasio to end the plan for the transfer station, which has drawn several protests over the months.

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