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Council approves incinerator, (New York City Council approves construction of a refuse disposal facility in Brooklyn, New York) (Brief Article)

The New York City Council last week passed the Brooklyn incinerator compromise package by a vote of 36 to 15, clearing the way for its construction beginning in fiscal year 1996 after signature by the Mayor.

Prior to seeking construction financing for the hightech incinerator, which will be located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Council stipulated that a curbside recycling program would begin a year sooner and pilot programs to expedite full-scale recycling would be established in one district in each borough. To implement the new solid-waste management plan, two other incinerators will be closed while a third, also in Brooklyn, will be retrofitted with newer technology. Additionally, an ashfill site will be located outside of the City.

Real Estate Board of New York President, Steven Spinola said, "We've been lobbying for this for the last few weeks. I think it was an important act by the Council and the Mayor to work for the compromise and they demonstrated a lot of courage in making a tough decision on a really controversial issue. In our judgment, this was the right decision."

Most of the opposition came from Brooklyn Councilmembers.
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Author:Weiss, Lois
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 2, 1992
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