New York City must not abandon its commitment to environmental justice.
That is the message  being conveyed by a number of environmental groups around the city -- including NYLCV -- in the wake of community opposition to new solid waste facilities being built in Manhattan  and Queens .
Six years ago, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg courageously pushed to alleviate the unfair burden that had been placed on the city's low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The overwhelming majority of the city's solid waste transfer stations were located in these areas, and a new comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan  was signed into law to require each borough to handle its own fair share of waste.
To complete the plan, the Department of Sanitation is building a number of marine transfer stations  to move the Big Apple's waste more sustainably and equitably. Now that those stations are under construction, opposition to them has intensified.
NYLCV urges the city to stay the course -- and honor its commitment to fairness and equality  -- by completing all of the Solid Waste Management Plan.