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Dear Mr. Mayor,

Today as I walked past a small crowd of protestors by the Asphalt Green proposed waste transfer station, I once again marveled at the decision being made that this belongs here. Immediately I felt it a calling to invite you to join me for a cup of coffee at Timmy's By the River, 91st and York Avenue. Just half an hour of your time ? any time of the day (you choose) -- to see the numbers of children in carriages, on bikes, on scooters.

The point being: WHY! You are here and you want to do good for the children of this city. Children from all economic levels are using this playground, field, swimming classes. Elderly people are using the gym. This is not an "Upper East Side Affluent Area" as described by the officials determined to make a statement at the cost of these children. You have the power to stop it. Get involved. Spend some time here and see how devastating this will be for the hundreds, maybe thousands, of kids using this area from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week.

I have no vested interest. I rent my apartment so I am not concerned about real estate values. I have no children or grandchildren living in the area, so I am not concerned about my family.

Why do I care so much? My children are now grown, but if only it was here when they were young. It finally became this amazing bit of country in a concrete city. It is inevitable, you know this, because these garbage trucks lined up 24/7 won't see the children. York Avenue is not wide enough to accommodate garbage trucks, school buses, city buses, FDR traffic and the like.

I am sure you get more that you want to read of these pleas. But this is a plea that I hope you care enough to address. Even in the quiet summer when so many kids are away. The camp is in session, the buses are still outside. Now I see as of this week we have a policeman standing in front of the gate. Don't know why. Are they no longer going to be allowed to protest?

I am not going on vacation so I am available to meet on your schedule. (I am prompt but I hear you are not.) I will make sure to wait.

Yours Very Truly,

Laura Gruber

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