City Council Speaker Christine Quinn discusses her State of the City address and other legislative matters.
She's lost my vote.
When it comes to the question of why does the City wants to build a huge new MTS (Marine Transfer Station-truck to barge), a 10 stories high solid waste maritime processing plant at East 91st on and in the East River, it is very clear that Christine Quinn, Mayor Bloomberg and the environmental justice groups want to wreak “environmental revenge” on the communities of East Harlem and Yorkville in the name of "borough equity". They are inciting class and race warfare by covering up the truth about where our residential trash really goes. Not to the outer boroughs as they continually rant but rather to a co-generation waste to energy plant in New Jersey which creates electricity and is far more economical and environmentally friendly than building a huge new 245+ million dollar solid waste processing plant in the heart of a densely populated residential community and cutting through and destroying a major athletic complex, Asphalt Green which is so vital to thousands of kids & adults per day. The City would rather ship our garbage at great expense by trucks and barges to landfill sites in other states creating an environmental nightmare for future generations. As Henry Stern so aptly stated in his recent article in Civic, Garbage In and Garbage Out regarding the damage that would be done to our community if this industrial behemoth were to be built and "the fact that this damage is being inflicted in the name of improving the environment reminds us of the words which sadly became famous in Vietnam: we had to burn down the village in order to save it. Quinn, Bloomberg and the environmental justice groups will not tell the TRUTH about where our residential garbage really goes nor will they explore more environmentally sound and cost effective alternatives instead they will only be happy when they have burned down the "village" and have a body count!
Let's start telling the TRUTH about our garbage Christine Quinn! Each and every residential community’s mantra should be: No garbage plants in ANY residential community! Let's start chanting now!
Yorkville already has the worst air quality in the entire NYC and terrible congestion from the Second Avenue Subway construction. Why further pollute and congest with a garbage dump adjacent to parks, playgrounds and residences? Follow the money (hint: it is not in Yorkville residents' pockets).
Speaker Quinn's support of the E. 91st St. Marine Transfer Station speaks of her ignorance of the Asphalt Green's athletic field and swim center that services all schools and community groups and it's proximity to public housing. Garbage dumps and lines of trucks on York Ave. do not belong in a residential neighborhood with numerous schools and churches. It's not about a "rich" east side neighborhood not wanting it in our backyard. It's about a mixed and vibrant neighborhood not wanting garbage filled with toxic materials right on top of our kids' playing fields. Such a facility belongs in an industrial neighborhood of which there are many in NYC. If Mayor Bloomberg lived at Gracie Mansion and knew the neighborhood, I don't think he'd be so quick to approve this monstrous plan.
Just appalled that you have not come out against building the MTS in the middle of Apshalt Green, a thriving athletic facility that is the only playing field for the children and adults of Yorkville. Surely you don't really believe that there will not be an enormous adverse negative impact to the health safety and welfare of the community. Would like to see you do the right thing and stand up to Michael Bloomberg on a big issue. Now is the time to make and stand and not support thisd $245 million dollar monstrosity that will destroy Yorkville!
You began your SOC address with this:
"The story my father just told, like many of his stories, takes place on East 96th Street where he grew up. My father left Yorkville at 17 years old, when Uncle Sam called. But some 70 years later, listening to him talk about the old neighborhood, you can close your eyes and picture it. Women hanging laundry out the windows. Children playing kick the can in the street. The smell of cabbage cooking down the hall. "
And in that very same neighborhood, you plan to build an enormous Marine Transfer Station – the only garbage dump in one of our city's residential neighborhoods. One which would bring 500 trucks a day, carrying over 5,000 tons of garbage into your father's old neighborhood, 24/7, 6 days a week. Into a densely-populated neighborhood filled with children who would love the opportunity to play kick the can, if they could only dodge those garbage trucks.
Really, Speaker Quinn? Does your father know about this?
She's a cross (voice) between rosie O'Donnell and Gilbert Gottfried
Ms. Quinn's pro- child stance on making kindergarten mandatory is incongruous with her support of the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, a monstrosity projected to cost over $190 million of our taxpayer dollars, and climbing. Why are our hard-earned tax dollars being earmarked for a garbage dump that will destroy a residential neighborhood, where children live and attend school, and Asphalt Green, a community athletic facility that is nationally lauded for serving tens of thousands of children yearly, when that money could be used for, say, public funded day care for working families, expanded afterschool programs, reopen closed libraries and expand their hours, or to bolster our depleted police and firehouses? Moreover, the facility will endanger the health and safety of the thousands of children and families living a stone's throw from the site. It's a documented fact that garbage trucks kill more NYC pedestrians yeary than any other type of vehicle, and harm our already tenuous air quality. Quinn refuses to comment on the issue, or visit the site. I'm also assuming that she, and other pols and so- called environmentalists, will be " nowhere to be found" at the funerals of the children and residents who will inevitably be struck and killed by these trucks as a result of building a monster garbage dump facility in a preposterous location. GARBAGE DUMPS DO NOT BELONG IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBRHOODS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY. Get it?
Why would Quinn be insisting on building a huge $250 million industrial garbage plant directly next to a public housing project in Manhattan when much of Manhattan's residential garbage is currently being sent successfully to a co-generation plant in NJ to make much-needed eelctricity?
@ JOHN FROM OFFICE
Quinn (or Diblasio...actually worse) will be a return to the bad old days....skyrocketing crime and a crumbling city.
We're toast if any of the present crop of simpering Democrats takes over this city.
Mandatory kindergarten and mandatory garbage dumps next to playgrounds? Interesting political philosophy. Shell make a GREAT mayor.
The council woman should clarify the slumlord issue today as not neglect from foreclosure, but to exploit the vacancy decontrol laws that motivate landlords to neglect buildings to encourage and harass tenants into leaving. Then they renovate and put the apartment rent on market rates that are not affordable to the middle class and low income families.
Imagine having to hear that voice for 4 years!.. Not sure which is more annoying.. Bloombergs whining or Quinn's shrill
Oy Vey, what a voice.
Why does Quisling Quinn always get a pass on questions about the federal investigation into her slush fund and her undermining democracy to give Bloomberg (and herself, of course) third terms?
Need a pothole committee down in East New York Brooklyn, the road to the airport/Linden Boulevard is an emabarrasement!
Is it true that the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station is the only one that will handle all of Manhattan's over 3500 tons of solid waste because you and other politicians successfully kept those out of other Manhattan neighborhoods such as the Rail Road depot on the West Side, promised now to real estate developers who can charge sky-high rents for water views?
How is it possible to support the resurrection (and expanded footprint) of the Marine Transfer Station at 91st and the East River? Essentially, a garbage dump in a residential neighborhood, with garbage truck access via a ramp that bisects a well-used recreational center (Asphalt Green) servicing a diverse population which includes thousands of children from all over the city and senior citizens. The building and opening of this garbage dump will negatively impact, not just the neighborhood in which it is sited, but school programs, that use the Asphalt Green.
Bids for construction have been solicited by the Bloomberg administration, predicated on outdated data from 2003. Considering that permits have not yet been issued, it seems premature as well as presumptuous to call in bids. Additionally, this project is slated to cost the city many millions of dollars at a time when it is least affordable.
The MTS at 91st Street is a BIG MISTAKE…ill thought-out, with regard to area pollution, traffic hazards, and damage to the ecology and neighborhood quality of life.
Regarding the question of why there is such a tepid response to closing. Perhaps I may have something to do with the fact that there is a large and growing opposition to for-profit charters taking their place? There appears to be some unintended consequences associated with for-profit charters that many feel are not well recognized by the proponents of them.
We appreciate the discourse on your show Brian, Thank you
mandatory kindergarten: this seems like such a easy way to score political points but on closer scrutiny, what the city should spend its efforts on is providing MORE pre-K and nursery classes for parents. and this loan on childcare - why is it not subsidizing more pre-k and nursery classes?the parents that are not sending their kids to kindergarten are either really involved and want to educate their kids differently, or the households whose problems are beyond the reaches of just mandating kindergarten.
Did you and the Mayor take into consideration the fact that since the previous MTS at that exact site, 91st st and the East River,, the residential population has grown by thousands of new families now living within 3 or 4 blocks of the proposed 10-story facility?
Brian, Can you ask Ms. Quinn why closing a school will improve the education of these children? You are not changing the education philosophy.. These schools have been implementing the Mayor's ideology and philosophy for 10 years now... by closing them and spreading the kids and teachers to other schools using the SAME 'educational' test-based philosopy you are not addressing the problem. You are just playing wiht the numbers. You are only skewing the numbers and putting these kids in limbo for several years while that school is closed..
you are not addressing the "WHY" these kids are not performing. which again, performance is based on 2 test scores not on whether they are being educated or not.
Christine Quinn: stop supporting the proposed Marine Transfer Facility on E. 91st Street . It has been presented as the fancy upper east siders not wanting to take responsibility for their own garbage. A gross mischaracterization. Garbage will be trucked in from all over. Visualize your own home. Then visualize garbage trucks lined up on your block 24 hours a day, 6 days a week with the attendant noise, odors, air pollution and vermin. The fact that Yorkville/East Harlem is home to the rich, the poor and the middle class is irrelevant. Garbage dumps don’t belong in residential neighborhoods.
Ms. Quinn, whadaya gunna do with all the children that will be the result of the Catholic Bishops' refusal to provide contraception to their employees???
What is it with this voice? Gilbert Godfried? *turning the sound down*
Ms. Quinn will sellout this city for power. We will go back to the NY of the 70's and 80"s, before Bloomberg and back to the Crown Heights NYC of the 70's and 80's. All to get the vote of the "community".
I will vote for anyone else.
Dear Brian,Would you please ask Ms. Quinn if it's true that even though the Dept of Sanitation has a rule that no waste stations can be built at a distance less than 400 feet from residential housing -- why has she given her stamp of approval to the 91st Street Station, where over 3,000 public housing residents live less than 100 feet from the proposed 10-story site and thousands more live within two blocks?
Ask her if a plank in her platform will be to extend "grace periods" to other violations than parking. It would be great to be able to pay city taxes and charges late and have that forgiven. The possibilities for pandering are endless.
I agree with oscar. And she strikes me as someone who is always working it, trying o find the hook, campaigning for her eventual mayoral campaign. And furthermore I can't bear that shrill, harsh, abrasive voice. For that reason alone I dread the prospect of her ever becoming mayor.
I dont trust city council christine quinn because she betrayed the city of ny when prompted by mayor bloomberg to give him another four years as mayor when the ppl if ny already vited for only two terms. Now i know bloomberg stroke a deal with her about some gay bussiness she wanted to do and sunce bloomberg is gay too they both got something out if this situation....
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