Attorney Doug Zamelis of Springfield Center is representing Waterloo Container Co. and Concerned Citizens of Seneca County in efforts to block New York City from transporting solid waste to Progressive Waste Solutions’ Seneca Meadows Landfill.
According to the Lansing Star newspaper, Zamelis, who has represented anti-windmill efforts in northern Otsego County, testified against the project Oct. 15 at a Department of Sanitation hearing in New York City.
“We testified today to put New York City and Mayor de Blasio on notice that the people of the Finger Lakes will aggressively fight this ill-conceived proposal. There are major flaws in this attempt to dump NYC’s trash in Upstate New York,” he was quoted as saying.
He pointed out that New York City is seeking a 20-year permit, even though Seneca Meadows is only permitted through 2017. And, while the trash would be brought from New York by rail, the landfill “doesn’t currently have a way to get trash from a train to the dump in any significant quantities,” Zamelis said.
The lawyer is the son of Maria Tripp of Cooperstown.