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Editorial: Let’s make a deal

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The mayor has decided that College Point will become a central point where the Borough of Queens will put trash in sealed containers ready to be shipped to any place in America that will accept it. It is not particularly good news for the people of College Point, but most residents there realize that the mayor’s back was to the wall. With Fresh Kills closed, the Sanitation Department was running out of options.

It is true that for years Sanitation has collected bulk trash for at the College Point plant. But this operation will be many times larger. There is a way in which the city can signal its gratitude to the people of College Point. Five years ago Sanitation padlocked the Little League ballfields in College Point because a company hired to level the fields had dumped construction waste in what was supposed to be clean fill.

Many broken promises later, the ballfields are still padlocked. The Little League had no place to call home and the soccer league folded. It seems only fair that if the city wants to send its trash through College Point, the least it can do is expedite the repair of the ballfields.

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