Uproar over Upper East Side garbage plans

August 20, 2011 3:49:26 PM PDT
An uproar on the Upper East Side over a plan to build a garbage transfer station along the East River.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, (D) New York, led a protest with dozens of demonstrators Saturday morning.

They oppose the city's plan to build the garbage facility on the East River at 91st Street.

Concerned residents say the facility would not only be a smelly eyesore but also a health hazard.

"For the health of our neighborhood, for the health of our children and for the health of the East River plans for this garbage dump need to sleep with the fishes," Rep. Maloney said to a cheering crowd.

There are also concerns the station would attract birds which could create a hazard for airliners at nearby LaGuardia Airport.

The city accuses the opponents of trying to scare people.