City Marks Closure of Fresh Kills Amid Controversy

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City officials planted five trees at the former Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, to mark the anniversary of its closure. While the last barge of garbage was delivered ten years ago today, Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro was not celebrating. He took the city and state to task for letting the landfill operate for 54 years.

He was also angry that a key advocate for closure, former borough president Guy Molinari, wasn't there. Molinari accused organizers of doing nothing more than sending the elderly and ill Molinari an e-mail.

Eloise Hirsch, administrator of the new park being planned for Fresh Kills, says she personally called Molinari's secretary with an invitation. She says Molinari was also invited by letter and e-mail. Hirsch says Molinari chose not to attend.