Ny.Curbed.com UES Garbage Transfer Station Opponents Urge Budget Probe by Rowley Amato
According to the most recent city budget, estimates for the controversial Upper East Side garbage transfer station have quadrupled from $44 million to a whopping $215 million, a hefty sum for a project that many say won't even do much good.
In a letter to City Hall, six elected officials—including City Councilman Ben Kallos, State Senator Liz Kruger, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney—are calling for increased oversight from Mayor de Blasio, as well as a probe into the project's budget similar to the one he recently announced over the new 911 system that's $1 billion over-budget and six years late.
The proposed Marine Transfer Station at East 91st Street has long-riled Yorkville residents, who have staged protests—including one on Friday in which seven were arrested—and launched numerous lawsuits. They view the project as a wasteful, inefficient blight. Supporters argue that Manhattan should handle its own share of garbage, instead of essentially shipping it off to the Bronx or Queens for transfer.