City transfer station gets green light
In a big win for Mayor Bloomberg, the Assembly on Tuesday night dropped its opposition to the city’s planned marine recycling transfer station at Gansevoort peninsula in Manhattan.
The project, the last piece of Bloomberg’s solid waste management plan, had been held up since last year because of opposition from three key Assembly Democratic members – Deborah Glick, Richard Gottfried and Linda Rosenthal.
In exchange for allowing the marine transfer station just south of W. 14th St., the city agreed to a future deal in which the city and state will put money toward purchasing new parkland or upgrading land within the Hudson River Park where the station will be.
The deal fell into place after Bloomberg and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) met last Sunday.
The Assembly was expected to pass the bill before ending its session late last night while the Senate will act the next time it returns to Albany.
While city officials were pleased, Glick ripped the decision, saying the mayor refused to consider an alternative.
BY KENNETH LOVETT