Council Member Kallos Statement on UES Fatal Accident



The death of an Upper East Side resident Tuesday morning after being struck by a city Sanitation truck at First Avenue and 92nd street was the type of tragedy our city is working so hard to avoid. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim of this tragic collision as well as her friends and family.

Unfortunately, the administration's plan to build a Marine Transfer Station -- the only such facility in a residential neighborhood -- will bring many more trucks through this dense area and make it all too likely for tragedy to repeat itself. Garbage trucks and residential neighborhoods don't mix and we must stop hundreds of trucks from driving through residential side streets that are already dangerous.

The construction of a Marine Transfer Station at 92nd Street will bring hundreds of more Sanitation trucks through the Upper East Side and East Harlem, where the intersections at 91st and 1st, 91st and York, 92nd and 1st, and 92nd and York have already proven dangerous averaging more than 1 collision per month between August 2011 and February 2014 according to At 92nd Street and 1st Avenue -- the intersection where this tragic death occurred  -- there have been 93 people involved in 48 collisions and one block south at 91st and 1st Avenue there have been 66 people injured in 33 collisions, which was included in the Livable Streets: Dangerous Intersections report by my office, that highlighted the Upper East Side’s most dangerous streets, many of which surround the proposed transfer station site, and proposes improvements to promote safety for drivers and pedestrians.

My office will continue to fight adamantly against the proposed Marine Transfer Station, and to prevent any more tragedies like this one.