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

(Photo: Thompson campaign)
(Photo: Thompson campaign)

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.

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The Great Chris Quinn vs. Bill Thompson Garbage War of 2013 Rumbles Onwards

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)
Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)

The rivalry between two mayoral contenders–Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson–is starting to reach a fevered pitch.

For the uninitiated, the spat began yesterday morning when Mr. Thompson, a former city comptroller, announced he opposed the controversial Upper East Side waste transfer station. Ms. Quinn, the City Council’s speaker and a key supporter of of the plan, reacted by declaring  Mr. Thompson was advocating the return of “the days of environmental racism.”

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Christine Quinn Says Bill Thompson Backs ‘Environmental Racism’

Bill Thompson. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Thompson. (Photo: Getty)

Earlier today, former Comptroller Bill Thompson came out against the Upper East Side waste transfer station, a hot-button issue that has aroused immense local tensions from residents who accuse it of being a bungled and dangerous project of the highest order. With his announcement, however, Mr. Thompson generated some of the harshest criticism he’s received thus far as he campaigns for mayor.

Mr. Thompson said he was staking out the position in order to protect children and public housing residents living near the East 91st Street site, but Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the race’s front-runner, who supports the station, tore into Mr. Thompson and accused him of supporting dumping Manhattan’s trash in poor neighborhoods of color.

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