Gansevoort Marine Transfer Station
The Gansevoort Peninsula Marine Transfer Station is part of New York City’s 20-year Solid Waste Management Plan, which the City Council passed in 2006. The city plans to build the transfer station on Pier 52 on the Hudson River, and plans also include a recycling station.
In 2007, proponents for the plan including Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, asked the State Legislature to approve legislation that would permit a recycling and waste transfer station on the Gansevoort Peninsula. Approval of the plan was needed by the state of New York, because the proposed site is part of the Hudson River Park. The proposal is supported by some environmental advocacy groups, who agree that moving refuse by train or barge is more environmentally sound than moving it by truck. Opponents of the plan include a vocal group of park users called Friends of Hudson River Park. This advocacy group claims that the construction of the waste station will endanger the marine wildlife along this stretch of the Hudson River, as well as disturb those who use the park for recreation.
The plan was stalled until June of 2008 when an agreement was reached between Mayor Bloomberg and some members of the State Legislature. As part of the agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was established between Governor Patterson, Mayor Bloomberg and the State Legislature that funds would be delineated for new parkland on the Hudson. In addition, the bike and pedestrian space would remain open during construction of the transfer station.
The State Assembly approved plans for the Transfer Station with the new agreements on June 25, 2008 by a vote of 91-48, despite the fact that Assembly members, who represent the area, remained opposed to the plan. The State Senate approved the plan on August 8, 2008 by a vote of 44-14.
Last Updated: September 22, 2008
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Hudson River Park