From Stuyvesant Cove in the south to Carl Schurz in the north, the East Side of Manhattan is home to beautiful parks and open spaces. New York City must make massive strides to reduce waste and increase recycling to protect vulnerable citizens from pollution and valuable resources from the impacts of a changing world. Community input is vital to understanding how to best solve the local environmental challenges, like increasing noise pollution and decreasing greenspace, that impact our quality of life. We must also protect our parks, communities, and businesses from natural disasters like Super Storm Sandy.
Marti's PLAN for the environment
- Move away from pollution-generating sanitation garages and toward single-stream, zero waste recycling.
- Continue to monitor the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station and the 25th Street Sanitation Garage to guarantee that community needs are met and our children are protected from truck congestion and pollution.
- Bring hassle-free composting to District 4 by expanding the NYC Organics program to every resident and business on the East Side.
- Create more public open space by expanding the temporary use of our side streets as places to congregate, play, and exercise.
- Enhance the district's green canopy by planting thousands of trees in our parks and neighborhoods.
- Address the air quality and noise concerns with power plants in neighboring districts by working with power plant operators to find appropriate times to release steam and supporting a resolution to call on the State to phase out the harmful number 4 and 6 oils burned at power plants that serve the City.
- Support the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, as long as community needs are addressed, and continue to reinforce our waterfront above 23rd Street, especially Waterside Plaza, with green infrastructure to protect residents against future Sandy events and rising sea levels.
- Convene leading experts on climate change to understand what additional regulatory reforms would benefit the City in its effort to become more resilient and advocate for even more proactive legislation.
- Continue to enhance the district's green canopy by planting thousands of trees to protect critical transit infrastructure from hurricanes, floods, and climate change.
- Enforce recycling laws for restaurants and bars to reduce waste.
- Encourage paperless City agencies, which will allow for reduced waste and cost savings.
- Continue to monitor and invite community participation in the development of the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station and the 25th Street Sanitation Garage to guarantee that community needs are met and our children are protected from truck congestion and air pollution.
- Support the expansion of hassle-free composting to District 4 by expanding the NYC Organics program to every resident and business on the East Side.
- Working with the DOB, investigate ways to mitigate noise concerns related to after-hours construction. Explore options such as the use of noise mufflers and sufficient notice to neighborhood residents prior to activity.
- Ensure community involvement and continued oversight for all new, large scale construction projects to ensure that noise protections are enforced and quality of life for residents and businesses does not diminish.
- Partner with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission to create a Taxi Stand at the Waterside Plaza boat slip so noisy disembarking passengers can leave directly from the pier instead of walking through Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village.