Middle Village and Glendale residents are reeling from the reek of rusting rail cars loaded with refuse from Long Island.
The stench of the garbage has raised an outcry at Christ the King High School, prompting state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) to write a letter to the New York & Atlantic Railway asking for a remedy.
Residents make stink over trash
"It has been previously brought to your attention that the noxious odors with their attendant bacterial base ... are the subject of continual complaints by our students and staff," Maltese wrote Sept. 24. He is chairman of Christ the King's board of trustees.
The freight cars are loaded on Long Island and hauled by the railroad to an interchange with the larger railroad CSX, which takes the garbage to sites in Ohio, West Virginia and Alabama. The stench spreads when cars wait on a stretch of track near the Metropolitan Avenue Long Island Rail Road station for a CSX locomotive to pick them up.