Friday, January 28, 2005

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Subject: Let Your Voice Be Heard
Date: 1/28/2005 5:19:03 PM Eastern Standard Time
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New York State Senate, 26th District

“Let Your Voice Be Heard”

There are two critical events taking place next week that everyone should know about.

1. Rally on February 2nd for Housing for ALL New Yorkers

One in four New York City households—more than 500,000 families—spend over half of their income on rent, and too many New Yorkers can’t find decent housing at all. That’s why the number of homeless New Yorkers in shelters is at an all-time high.

Right now, we have a special window of opportunity to fix this situation – massive redevelopment projects are proposed around the city and we’re about to hold elections for Mayor and other City government offices. This year’s election presents a rare chance to win new housing policies that work for all New Yorkers.

The “Housing Here and Now Coalition” is breaking the cycle of politics and power that puts decent housing out of reach for millions of people in our city. This new, hard-hitting coalition of affordable housing groups, labor unions, AIDS activists, churches and community groups have joined together at this unique time.

Please join the more than 5,000 New Yorkers who already have signed up to participate in the Housing Here and Now March and Rally at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, February 2nd at City Hall (on Broadway two blocks south of Chambers Street).

You can sign up at the website, call (718) 246-7923 or by contacting my office at (212) 490-9535.

2. City Council Hearings on the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) plans to “re-open” a marine transfer station on East 91st Street. While, I do support marine transfer stations as processing centers for refuse, I strongly oppose this plan because transfer stations do not belong in any of New York’s residential communities and DSNY has acted duplicitously.

Overall, the plan is riddled with flaws, and some of the most notable are:

DSNY’s MTS site at 91st Street will endanger the health of thousands of children.

DSNY is seeking to either “bait and switch” the City or waste money by building an MTS with a capacity three-times larger than the projected need.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that DSNY has released violates the City and State laws that govern the Marine Transfer Station siting process.

If the plan to open a transfer station at 91st Street goes forward, the City will have effectively enacted a number of unnecessary, harmful changes, and it will have done so in an illegal manner that will surely invite subsequent lawsuits.

The New York City Council will eventually be voting on whether the E. 91st Street Marine Transfer Station should be built. They have the power to stop this terrible plan. Let your voice be heard at this important hearing! It is crucial that residents who feel their lives will be impacted by this project have a chance to speak on the record. Even your very presence at one of these hearings would be effective.

The hearing dates are:

Tuesday, February 1 at 10:00 AM
Wednesday, February 2 at 5:00 PM
Friday, February 4 at 10:00 AM

For more details go to

Please spread the word by forwarding this message to your family and friends!

Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you there.


Liz Krueger
State Senator


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