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New York Daily News Budget for proposed Upper East Side dump jumps from $44M to $215M by Jennifer Fermino

Budget for proposed Upper East Side dump jumps from $44M to $215M

The controversial proposed Upper East Side garbage dumping spot has ballooned from an initial estimate of $44 million to a whopping $215 million, according to the most recent city budget.

The huge yet little-noticed price increase from 2002 to the 2015 budget estimate is nearly four times the rate of inflation.

In a letter to City Hall, officials who oppose the 91st St. Marine Transfer station ask Mayor de Blasio to investigate the hikes in a probe similar to the one he announced of the new 911 system. That project was $1 billion over budget and six years over due.

“Responsible budgeting would require oversight and review,” said the letter from six elected officials, including City Councilman Ben Kallos, state Sen. Liz Krueger and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

The signers are Democrats who represent the area where the station would be.

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has said costs have ballooned for a number of reasons, including changes made to address concerns from the community and post-Sandy environmental issues. She has also said the cost is roughly around the same for the city's other marine transfer stations. 

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