Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Christine Quinn and the Environmentally Racist UES Marine Transfer Station

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was booed at a mayoral forum about her controversial plan to place a waste transfer station in the Upper East Side. (The trashed her * The New York Post)

Bill Thompson Demands Christine Quinn ‘Apologize to New Yorkers of Color’

From Politicker :

Last week’s fiery “environmental racism” dispute between two mayoral campaigns doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

The alleged offense in question came when Council Speaker Christine Quinn was asked about one of her rivals, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, and his decision to oppose the controversial proposed waste transfer station on the Upper East Side.

“The days of environmental racism have to come to an end,” Ms. Quinn replied, according to her campaign. “We have, for far too long in the City of New York, put all the municipal refuses into low income neighborhoods of color … No community, regardless of how much money that community has, is going to be exempted from its municipal responsibility.”

Mr. Thompson, who is the only black candidate in the race, jumped on the remarks and held a press conference demanding an apology.

“To utter that, and direct it at a black person, at a black man in New York City … those words hurt,” Mr. Thompson intoned at the event. “Those words are damaging.”

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