Controversial 91st Street Waste Transfer Station

Fire & Smoke Across the River

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright at the scene of the 91st Street Waste Transfer Station Fire, yesterday.
Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright at the scene of the 91st Street Waste Transfer Station Fire, yesterday.
Photo courtesy of Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright

Seen from Roosevelt, skies over the Upper East Side filled with smoke yesterday afternoon as a fire broke out on the lower level of the controversial 91st Street Waste Transfer Station, now under construction, heightening already existing fears about the dangers of hosting the facility in a densely populated neighborhood. State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright went to the location, seeking answers.

Seawright's office reported late last night that a fire was extinguished (Sunday) afternoon on the lower level of the 91st Waste Transfer Station construction site, according to Skanska and City Department of Design and Construction representatives who spoke with Assembly Member Seawright during her on-site inspection tonight.

The fire took place on a pedestrian walkway and the cause was not determined at this time.

"I visited the site tonight after hearing from nearby constituents concerned about both the fire and the air quality surrounding the construction area. We are of course grateful that no one was harmed. Nevertheless, there should be a full investigation by the appropriate governmental agencies responsible for safety oversight," said Seawright, who chairs the Subcommittee on Consumer Fraud Protection.


Added Seawright, who will be consulting with other elected officials on further actions needed to address safety concerns, "We remain deeply concerned about the impact of the Waste Transfer Station, being constructed adjacent to Asphalt Green, which serves many families with young children." 

A video of the scene yesterday afternoon can be seen in an NBC2 video here.

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