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It’s Time to Dump the Dump!

By Suzanna Keith:

There are a few times in our lives when we have the opportunity to stand up and fight for something we truly believe in. But these moments can be fleeting, and if we don’t seize them quickly, the opportunity is lost.

Being a mother is one of the greatest jobs in the world. Keeping our children healthy, safe and happy is also one of the most rewarding experiences we can have. We also possess the true gift to teach our children the importance of making a difference in the lives of others. So, sometimes we have to seize the moment to protect the health and safety of our children and those of mothers less fortunate.

Calling all New York City moms who live in Yorkville, East Harlem, and those whose children attend one of the 45 public and private schools in the Yorkville area, and all moms NATIONWIDE who have used or will use La Guardia Airport: We must stand up to fight against the massive 10-story Garbage Marine Transfer Station (MTS) that New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants to build at Asphalt Green at 91st Street and the East River. We must object to this clear threat to the health and safety of fellow moms and children.

Some of the many safety concerns are:

  • Unsafe streets for children: Up to 500 garbage trucks a week barreling through Asphalt Green, which serves more than one million visitors each year, including thousands of children.
  • Toxic trash: 5,280 tons of trash EACH DAY (that’s 31,680 tons of garbage for a 6-day week) passing by the children at 45 neighborhood public and private schools.
  • Dangerous idling: On the proposed dump’s entrance ramp, which will allow over 19 idling garbage trucks in East Harlem which already has the highest asthma rate in NYC.
  • Flight risks: Attraction of more birds that can cause plane accidents. Remember Capt. Sully saving his plane by landing it in the Hudson River after a bird strike? He has been speaking out on NBC about how the new dump could cause even an a greater likelihood of future accidents.
  • Economic peril: Why does New York City really needs to spend a quarter of billion dollars on this dump in this tough economy? And why is this the only one in a residential neighborhood? Why are local moms and children being punished?

Join the fight by showing your support at the free concert on June 1st.

Come make your voice heard by attending the free concert on June 1st at 90th and York Streets from 5-7pm, featuring Film and TV star Caroline Sunshine along with a variety of exciting musical guests and local politicians organized by Residents for Sane Trash. The first 1,000 guests will receive “Dump the Dump” t-shirts.

Residents for Sane Trash Solutions is an 501© (4) that advocates for Northern Manhattan communities and citizens. Follow at SaneTrash.org on Facebook and Twitter at @RFSTS_Org and #SaneTrash. Join us for a pre-concert Twitter chat on Thursday at noon EST with more details to follow. If you can’t attend the concert, you can donate to the cause or even write a letter to Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn.

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