Residents for Sane Trash Solutions Neighborhood Meeting

January 20th, 2012 by admin No comments »
Neighborhood Meeting
Monday, January 30, 2012
at 7:00 pm
The Chapin School
100 East End Avenue

Please join our community organization
Residents for Sane Trash Solutions
and learn more about what we can do to prevent the City
from building a new huge (MTS) trash facility
at 91st Street & York Avenue adjacent to Asphalt Green and the East River

Please forward this e-mail to your neighbors, businesses and buildings

Please e-mail if you are able to attend

For more information visit our website

Residents for Sane Trash Solutions Community Updates

January 11th, 2012 by admin No comments »

Keep up to date with Residents for Sane Trash Solutions’ fight to stop the MTS! Click below to read the latest community updates from RFSTS.

December Community Update

January Community Update

Residents for Sane Trash Solutions : Daily News Article

January 11th, 2012 by admin No comments »

Read the article in the NY Daily News about our community and why the MTS does NOT belong in ANY residential community :

“This will injure the health, safety and welfare of the people who live here,” says Sandra Christie, on the steering committee of Residents for Sane Trash Solutions. “The mayor has this smoking ban, but it’s ok for 500 garbage trucks to idle next to playing children? We don’t think it’s right. This will industrialize a very peaceful residential area. A city should protect its neighborhoods.”

Yorkville attracts families looking for peace and quiet | Best Places To Live In NY – New York Daily News By Jason Sheftell Friday, January 6th 2012, 11:28 AM

A Message from Campaign to Save Ruppert Playground

December 10th, 2011 by admin No comments »

For more info contact:

Oscar Fernandez

e-mail: (Campaign To Save Ruppert Playground Organizer)
Tel. 646-761-8364

We are planning our second letter writing drive day on Monday 12/19 from 4pm to 8pm in the community room at 222 East 93rd street (see details below). We need volunteers for this event especially starting at 3:30pm and donations of stamps and envelopes. Please contact me via phone or email to help. Our goal is to send out over 1,000 letters again (last time we sent out over 1,400 and achieved our goal of garnering the attention and commitment of elected officials including Speaker Quinn).

Additionally, we need help promoting the event by posting the flyer in buildings and local businesses in the community. So if you can donate copies or better yet distribute the flyer that would be greatly appreciated (download flyer here).

The focus of this letter writing campaign is to contact the New York Proton Regional Cancer Treatment Center who is now the potential commercial anchor tenant at the proposed site and tell them that although we support treatment options for those with cancer we do not feel this is an appropriate site for this type of center. We have all been personally touched by cancer in one way or another, but a center such as this should be built in an area that is better suited to handle the increased traffic at such a site – perhaps in an area such as the proposed Hudson Yards development that Related is also working on near Penn Station.

Ahead of the formal letter writing campaign please contact the representatives at NYPRC telling them of your opposition to Related Companies plan to build anything on the current site of Ruppert Playground, including their Proton Center. Please contact them with this message asap via calls, emails, letters and faxes. Remember that without this anchor tenant in place Related would have to reconsider their plans so it is imperative that we get this new message out.

Email list:;;;;
Also CC our elected officials to make sure they hear this new message as well and know that we are still fighting to Save Ruppert Playground:;;;;;

Contact: William Lievendag – Executive Vice President – NYPRC (phone: 212-751-8337 Ext 130

Contact: Wendy Black – Vice President of Operations and Marketing (at 212 599-5555 The Proton Institute of NY another off shoot of this company)
Contact: Dr Karolyn Kerr – To Be Medical Director (212 599-5555)

New York Proton Regional Center
755 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Fax: (212) 268-3165

Here are also some notes regarding NYPRC:
Their Websites: (this is the investor facing site) <> and ( this is the patient facing website)

1) They are part of the EB-5 immigration \ foreign investment program (Link to EB-5 program site <> )
2) If an investor contributes a minimum of 500K it gets them a temporary green card and visa which makes them eligible for a permanent residency after 2 years. This would be for the investor, their spouse and dependents under the age of 21.
3) After 5 years they claim investors will get their full money back and earn at least 3.5% in compounded interest year over year
4) Investors and their spouse get a free CAT and PET scan.
5) Please see a WSJ article on the initially proposed site at 57th street that fell through:WSJ Article <>
6) Also note that the medical community is still mixed on usefulness of Proton treatment “because they haven’t been subjected to enough rigorous peer-reviewed research” (See website discussing Proton Vs other treatments) <>

Daffodil Planting: Saturday, October 22nd

October 21st, 2011 by admin No comments »

Residents for Sane Trash Solutions Letter

September 24th, 2011 by admin No comments »
September 24, 2011

Dear Neighbor:

We are Residents for Sane Trash Solutions, Inc. a group of concerned area residents, businesses, and residential buildings who oppose New York City’s plan to construct a new and enlarged trash processing facility at East 91st Street and the East River.

As you may know, the City Council recently allocated $125 million to construct a new ten-story solid waste processing plant on the site of the former Marine Transfer Station, adjacent to Asphalt Green, the East River Esplanade and Carl Schurz Park. The new plant, which is larger than any existing or planned facility in the City, will operate 24 hours a day, six days a week. Trash, delivered by garbage trucks entering through the ramp which bisects the Asphalt Green athletic complex, will be processed at the facility, and then loaded on barges moored in the East River. The plant will be capable of processing 5,280 tons of garbage daily and will bring hundreds of diesel-fueled trucks (estimated from 180 to 520) into the Yorkville area each day.

(Click to view: An area map of the proposed traffic routes and a rendering of the new facility)

A trash processing facility does not belong in any residential area, let alone in this densely populated neighborhood that is home to public housing, schools, athletic facilities, and parkland. The plant will pose a risk to public health and safety and will further degrade the air quality of a neighborhood already identified by the New York Department of Health as having the worst air quality in the City.

Moreover, the expenditure of scarce taxpayer dollars on this prohibitively expensive garbage plant is scandalous. Its location on water’s edge and the expansive plans the City has for the building’s footprint make it an engineering nightmare and a budget-busting boondoggle. Originally projected to cost $55 million, that number has now risen to $125 million with reliable estimates putting it closer to $300 million. At a time when the City is cutting services and laying off teachers, this proposed waste of money makes this an issue of citywide importance, not just neighborhood concern.

As a group of volunteers, we have formed a 501(c)4 non-profit organization to fight the construction of the East 91st Street garbage dump and invite your active participation in our association. The community needs to join together to fight this planned garbage facility. We urgently need your support because the facility is in the City’s current budget. Time is of the essence. We hope that you will consider joining and become active in our organization. We also hope that you will agree to contribute funds to support our efforts, so that we will have the resources necessary to fight to preserve our neighborhood and the unique quality of life we presently enjoy in Yorkville.

Specifically, we hope to act in three areas:

  1. LOBBYING — to retain a lobbyist to contact state and local officials with respect to consideration of alternate industrial sites for a processing facility, as well as innovative technologies for waste disposal.
  2. PUBLIC RELATIONS — to educate the public and our government representatives about the risks to public health and safety arising from the location of a garbage processing plant in a densely populated residential neighborhood.
  3. LEGAL ACTION — to retain counsel to explore any claims and causes of action that can be brought in federal or state court to challenge the planned facility.

Should you have questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at If you wish to donate, please visit our website at to use our secure credit card facility or obtain information on making a contribution by check to support our efforts and enable us to have the resources necessary to continue this fight.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Jed Garfield
Residents for Sane Trash Solutions, Inc.
505 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022

Steering Committee (in formation):
Sandra Christie, David Eber, Elaine Friedman, Jed Garfield, Lawrence Kaye, Arthur Lutzke, David Mack, Maureen McAllister, Charles Platt, Elissa Podolsky, Louise Radin, Jennifer Ratner, Tara K. Reddi

Board of Directors (in formation):
Jed Garfield – President
Elaine Friedman – Vice President
Arthur Lutzke – Treasurer

Response to Public Comment Period in Opposition to MTS

August 23rd, 2011 by admin 1 comment »

August 22, 2011

Naomi Handell
Department of the Army Corps of Engineers
New York District
26 Federal Plaza, Rm 1937
New York, NY 10278-0090

Re:         Public Comment – Supplemental Public Notice No. NAN-2008-000927-EHA

(Re: East 91st Street MTS)

Dear Ms. Handell,

I am President of the East 93rd Street Block Association which represents many neighborhood residents in the East 90’s. We are in strong opposition to the proposed 77,000 square foot, 10-story high garbage transfer station (a marine transfer station or “MTS”) to be built by the NYC Department of Sanitation (“DOS”) on the East River estuary at 91st Street as it will not only destroy our much revitalized community but the environmental impact both on our residents and adjacent marine wildlife in the East River estuary will be devastating and “unavoidable” (p.1, East 91st Street Converted MTS Proposed Wetland Mitigation Plan. May 31st, 2011).

The proposed garbage station will be in the center of a densely populated neighborhood and the entrance ramp will bisect the children’s playing field and aquatic center of Asphalt Green, serving over 14,000 children: 10,000 who receive free services as well as 100,000 athletes and spectators annually. The pollution generated by the diesel fueled garbage trucks which will traverse our neighborhood day and night and idle on the ramp next to the open playing fields will clearly create long term health concerns for our young athletes as well as neighborhood residents. This garbage truck to barge transfer station will be constructed 280 feet from low and middle income housing and will be surrounded by a densely populated neighborhood filled with public schools, shops, apartment buildings, and 4-story walk ups – a community which is ethnically and economically diverse. The new facility will be open 24/6 to both private and city sanitation trucks hauling more than 5,000 tons of garbage a day and will be implemented under the much misused term “environmental justice“. *

For more than 40 years this site and the surrounding neighborhoods which include thousands of economically-challenged residents of New York City Housing (NYCHA) have been subjected to rats and other vermin, as well as the stench of garbage and pollution created by the previous incarnation of the garbage transfer station at this same location. Since that facility’s closing more than a decade ago in 1999, both the neighborhood and the East River estuary have experienced a renaissance or “rebirth”.  With the opening of Asphalt Green – which includes one of the most important examples of post-modernist architecture by Kahn + Jacobs, as well as an athletic playing field and aqua center and the estuary of the East River with its unique combination of salt and fresh water have created an abundance of aquatic life – from striped bass to tautogs as well as crabs, eels, shrimp, flounder, perch and oysters.

This area has become a marine and wildlife nursery and the riverbed with its nooks and crannies, its piers, pilings and walls is prime territory for fish to deposit their eggs and for young fish to hatch and mature. The return of this important aquatic wildlife habitat has led to the return of various birds in the form of herons, egrets, ducks and cormorants. While the DOS was able to collect a sampling of fish eggs and larvae at the site as far back as 2003 which is more than 8 years ago it simply does not reflect the number and types of fish that are being caught today. We believe that this data is far too old to be considered. Any fisherman along Bobby Wagner Walk Way near Carl Schurz Park and adjacent to the MTS site will tell you that we have some of the best fishing : “ Upper East Side urban anglers don’t need to travel to Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx or Long Island to go fishing” ( The pier at 107th Street is another favorite for fisherman as well. The DOS sampling from 2003 does not include: small Stripers, big Blues; Fluke, Bass, Bluefish, Schoolie Bass and Striped Bass. The resurgence of Striped Bass which is protected under the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act (the “Act”) is not taken into account in the DOS studies on maritime wildlife in this area of the estuary which is actually a tidal strait which leads to the Atlantic Ocean and by inference should be protected under the Act. Given the importance of this particular fish population which is subject to tight regulation – would the Army Corp of Engineers not be concerned about the adverse effect the MTS would have on this protected species? Nor is there a sufficient impact study done by the DOS to ascertain what permanent damage to the waterways and the river beds would occur as the result of the dredging for future barge operations of the MTS.

Furthermore, the proposed MTS is not a “reconstruction” or a “conversion” of the existing MTS site as the DOS misleadingly states on page 1 of their mitigation plan (East 91st Street Converted MTS Proposed Wetland Mitigation Plan., May 31st 2011). Instead the DOS will demolish and construct a far larger structure at East 91st Street adjacent to the East River and physically change the land and water footprint forever. The mitigation plan further states that the over water footprint will be increased from 0.81 acres to 1.79 acres more than twice the size of the existing structure. In addition the new MTS would have a barge moored at the site on an ongoing basis with a footprint of 0.15 acres. Furthermore this so called “reconstruction” is to be built in a Hurricane Flood Zone A, one of Manhattan’s lowest-lying flood plains that is frequently flooded with large amounts of water from the East River during severe rainstorms.  A garbage facility such as the new MTS which is to be built into the water will clearly contribute contaminants, run off water and toxins to the already fragile eco-system of this estuary.  Simply stated this is a recipe for environmental disaster. The DOS further accepts and states in their mitigation plan that there will be serious and permanent damage to the “water ways” and that the proposed mitigation plan is to address “unavoidable impacts” to open waters resulting from its construction.  The DOS’s mitigation plan calls for the creation of an additional open water habitat in the South Bronx and Brooklyn, far removed from the Manhattan site of the MTS.  We strongly believe that the DOS should not be permitted to impact the wild life habitat at East 91st Street and the East River if it is unable to fulfill its mitigation obligation at this location. Nor should the Brooklyn location which is situated in Upper New York Bay be considered mitigation for a structure that impacts the East River estuary. The mitigation proposed is insufficient and the remedies are totally inadequate.

For all of the above reasons we strongly urge the Army Corps of Engineers to reject the DOS’s request for a permit.  Clearly the construction of the new MTS is a very serious and monumental project which will create enormous environmental issues for this area which will be “unavoidable” and irreversible. We respectfully ask that the Army Corps of Engineers not rush to approve this project which will have such negative and lasting ramifications for our residents, the land, waterways, the wildlife and aquatic habitats of the East River estuary.  We ask that new scientific testing and analysis be conducted by an impartial body which will be relevant to the present 2011 conditions in the East River.

Our Association, on behalf of the residents of Yorkville and East Harlem, respectfully requests that further opportunity be given to review the new data once it is collected and that further hearings on this permit be provided as defined under the EPA definition of “environmental justice”, so that our residents can have a voice and “equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.”

Very truly yours,

Tara K. Reddi
East 93rd Street Block Association

______________________________________________________________________________________ *According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.”

MTS Rally 8/20/11

August 17th, 2011 by admin No comments »


August 12th, 2011 by admin No comments »

Marine Transfer Station Talking Points for Response to Army Corps of Engineers Request for CommentThis is our community’s most important opportunity to influence the E. 91st Str. Marine Transfer Station(MTS)  permit process  

In a recent press release Rep. Carolyn Maloney has announced that the

Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) will solicit public comment on the City’s Application to construct a marine garbage transfer station at East 91st Street and the East River adjacent to Asphalt Green.

Prior to making a permit decision, the district must complete essential fish habitat (EFH) consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.”  In connection with that review, ACE is reopening the public notice period to give the community an opportunity to review and comment upon the City’s “mitigation” plan in connection with the proposed new dock. 

Rep. Maloney states in her press release that she is “hopeful that the Army Corps and the National Marine Fisheries Service will be able to halt this poorly conceived project.”.  However, written opposition from residents in our community is extremely important and must be received by the ACE prior to the August 24th deadline.  Rep. Maloney has requested that both individuals and groups submit as many letters as possible in opposition to the Marine Transfer Station and include personal references if you can to boating, fishing, wild life and any other experiences along the Esplanade and East River estuary.   The Estuary Guide to the East River and the Request for Comment from the Army Corps of Engineers are both  posted below –  click the link for further information.  

Public comments on the plan are due in writing by August 24, 2011 via mail.


If you wish to write an individual letter (please download the attached letter)  you must send it by mail before August 24th , 2011 deadline to:

Ms. Naomi Handell

Department of the Army Corps of Engineers

New York District

26 Federal Plaza, Room 1937

New York, NY 10278-0090

Army Corps of Engineers Individual Letter doc

Estuary Guide to the East River

Army Corps of Engineers Request to Comment

Marine Transfer Station -Talking Points from Rep. Maloney 


June 25th, 2011 by admin No comments »

 -Let’s Keep Our Community Green-




*The City Council will vote Wednesday, June 29 on the funding for the construction of the Marine Transfer Station (garbage truck to barge transfer)




Spread the word and bring your neighbors,families & children let your voices be heard !!!!   

Center garden at Isaacs/Holmes Towers

93rd Street & 1st Avenue

Assembly Members

Dan Garodnick & Jessica Lappin will speak


GO TO FACEBOOK IMPACTNY against the building of the East 91st Marine Transfer Station