Mario Cuomo Joins Protests Against Upper East Side Garbage Station

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(Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET)

(Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET)

Sometimes it helps when a big name personality joins a land use fight.

In the Big Apple, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo has come out against plans to build a garbage transfer station next to an athletic field on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a proposal supported by New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, according to The Daily News.

A proposed 10-story waste transfer station on East 91st Street would end a history of unfairness, de Blasio said, where the location of all transfer stations to date has been in poorer neighborhoods of the outer boroughs.

Cuomo, 81, said he and one of his daughters, Madeline, would join forces with Pledge 2 Protect, a group opposing the plan. His son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently dampened another de Blasio proposal to raise taxes on the rich to fund prekindergarten classes and after-school programs, the Daily News reported.

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