Inside the FLX: Kyle Black on NYC contract

On Thursday Seneca Meadows District Manager Kyle Black joined Josh Durso on Inside the FLX to discuss landfilling in the Finger Lakes. In particular, he appeared to talk about odor control at his facility. That was the initial plan anyway. Just hours before the cameras began rolling — Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. announced that its subsidiary, IESI NY Corporation was withdrawing a proposal it submitted in response to a request for proposals issued by New York City for waste management transportation and disposal services.It meant the New York City trash trains were officially derailed.The statement in part read, “Seneca Meadows Landfill, the Company and its pending merger partner, Waste Connections, Inc., believe it can no longer commit to meeting certain terms of the proposed New York City contract.”The statement went on pointing out that “Progressive Waste Solutions remains committed to serving its current customer base across the United States and Canada, including its existing operations in New York State.”Black explained that the decision was “a very well-thought out one,” that reinforced their stance as a “long-standing partner and member of the community.” He went on to explain that taking the public’s opinion into consideration has always been an important factor in how they make decisions.That decision though was one dealt out by Seneca Meadows Inc.’s parent company, which felt compelled enough to withdraw its bid for New York City waste. Interestingly, the withdrawal came just days after it became public knowledge that a FOIL request had been denied by officials in New York City regarding that contract process.Black also expressed concern for the businesses and individuals who have approached him regarding the proposed Local Law #7, which will be up for public comment — at a hearing scheduled for June 7th. While Seneca Meadows will be directly impacted by the proposed law, Black explained that he feels it paints an unfair picture of how people feel about their operation in the community.Seneca Falls Supervisor Stephen Churchill, who is one of the at-large members of the County Board of Supervisors — who has been a long-standing opponent of the Seneca Meadows Landfill — described the feeling as elation when reading the release for the first time. He felt that it would be a great first step, but that more work needed to be done to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of the community.The long-term sustainability of the community is another factor, though that is a major concern for Black. He cited a number of economic benefits pertaining to Seneca Meadow’s operation. Watch Inside the FLX in the video player above to see the entire interview from Thursday’s show. FingerLakes1.com will have more on this subject on Friday, as Josh Durso’s FLX Politics looks at the situation as a whole in Seneca Falls — now that trash by rail from New York City has been taken off the table.

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