DeFranciso to NYC: Monitor garbage trucks
Skaneateles residents: Thanks, but sounds iffy
By Paul Anbro
Skaneateles residents, tired of seeing New York City garbage trucks roar through their village for more than 30 years, remain skeptical of any promises from elected officials to address the problem.
Citizens listened to Sen. John DeFrancisco's (R) progress report during a gathering Aug. 14 at the village Gazebo on Genesee Street.
Flanked by state and local officials, the senator told residents he is still trying to reach agreement with state lawmakers and Gov. Elliot Spitzer on this effort to control the high-volume truck traffic.
For their part, residents such as Jan Sterling were not so optimistic.
"I saw a lot of politicians here but not many residents," Sterling said.
She added that she lives on Route 20 and sees plenty of trucks go by her house.
"There's money behind the issue, and that's a tough thing to argue against," she said.
DeFrancisco had two messages. He said he had to "pigeon-hole" New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to work on getting the truck contractors and subcontractors -- a majority of them filled with New York City's garbage -- to adhere to updated contracts with New York City's Sanitation Department.
In addition, DeFrancisco said he has started asking truck-sending municipalities for assistance after a lackluster response from Albany. He asked local law enforcement and residents to keep tabs on the fruits of his labor.
"This is only a first step in resolving the issue," DeFrancisco said. "I am asking the residents of the village to assist in monitoring the situation. If these haulers comply, we should see truck traffic reduce by as many as 100 trucks per day."
The current contract between New York City and garbage haulers requires trucks to avoid environmentally sensitive and highly populated areas. Truckers claim they save $100 by using the smaller-road route, instead of using I-81, DeFrancisco said.