As Mayor Bramson last night presented to the City Council, a “sustainability” plan encompassing his vision for new laws and building codes designed to lower vehicle emissions in New Rochelle, a fleet of 18-wheelers, flat-bed trucks, vans and ultra-large limousines took up their usual position in the Home Depot parking lot. Vehicles sat, idling throughout the night, spewing their black diesel exhaust into the air, rattling the doors and windows of nearby homes as the Mayor explained the importance of acquiring expensive hybrid garbage trucks to reduce carbon emissions to council members.
Many South End residents have wondered why the Mayor is pushing a 20 year “green” vision for New Rochelle while ignoring the environmental damage done by the hundreds of trucks, vans and limos that take up temporary residence each month in the Home Depot lot. Many of these large vehicles enter the lot from the entrance on Weyman Avenue near the YMCA, on the border of a residential area, something the Home Depot had promised would not be allowed when the project went before the City Council more than ten years ago.
The Home Depot lot is just a few blocks down the street from a “No Idling” banner hung by parents in front of the Jefferson School to celebrate the passing of a law which prohibits idling an engine for more than a few minutes. The trucks in the Home Depot lot often run their engines all night long.