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Protesters Bring Waste Transfer Station Debate To Bronx Mayoral Forum

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Mayoral candidates were discussing Hispanic issues at a forum in the Bronx Wednesday night, but one Manhattan issue spilled out onto the street and the stage. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Candidates were welcomed by protesters at a mayoral forum in the Bronx Wednesday night.

They were protesting some candidates' opposition to the construction of a marine waste transfer station on the Upper East Side.

"That's an unsustainable and environmentally unjust position, and we want them to hear this loud and clear," said Eddie Bautista of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.

The issue has been one of the most divisive on the campaign trail so far, pitting Christine Quinn against William Thompson.

"We can find other sites," Thompson said Wednesday. "And right now, it does not protect the Bronx and others."

"We will move backwards, not forward, in air quality," Quinn said.

Others on stage had their own take.

"You cannot take one piece of the plan and then say to everyone else, 'You have to keep shouldering the burden,'" said mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio.

The station is supposed to make sure every borough in the city takes care of its own trash after decades where poor and minority communities were inundated with much of the city's residential waste.

Anthony Weiner has joined Thompson in opposing the new station, making that clear on Wednesday.

"We are going to pay $200 million that is not going to go into economic development anywhere, not going to go into schools anywhere, so we can have a bumper sticker to say, 'We opened one in Manhattan,'" Weiner said.

The waste station wasn't the only topic Wednesday night. Candidates also weighed in on education and immigration, including whether or not the city should have a municipal ID for immigrants.

"Why my Latino people cannot have identification in this city? Arriba!" said mayoral candidate Erick Salgado.

That comment received the loudest applause.

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