NYC Progressives respond to grand jury outcome in Ferguson

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City Council Progressive Caucus members express disappointment to the refused indictment of Officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot unarmed, Black teen Michael Brown. Full Release

WHAT PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS MEMBERS SAY: 

“Every year, hundreds of civilians lose their lives to excessive police force,” said Caucus Co-Chair Council Member Donovan Richards. “Despite the evidence detailing the pervasive use of tactics that prove fatal, successfully prosecuting police officers who kill in the line of duty is highly unusual. The tragic circumstances surrounding Mike Brown’s death, the grand jury’s misguided decision and the subsequent burning of Ferguson is a telling reminder that in America liberty and justice for all continues to be an elusive dream for those who are poorer and of color. As a nation we cannot afford to continue to miss opportunities to challenge and dismantle systems of governance, enforcement and law that skew in favor of one group over another.”

“It’s unfortunate that justice is not served equally. Quick, meaningful change is necessary to bring confidence back to a system that seems to oppress those disenfranchised communities it is meant to help the most. My heart goes out to the families of Mike Brown and victims throughout Ferguson,” said Co-Chair Antonio Reynoso.

“The heartbreaking decision by the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri resonates with everyone who believes in equality and justice,” said Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Caucus Vice-Chair for Budget. “We still have a ways to go to ensure police accountability and the safety of the people the police are meant to protect. I commend the New Yorkers who led by example last night in a peaceful protest in Times Square.”

“‘We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, … and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity’ did establish this great nation. And yet, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ as Martin Luther King, Jr. once said.  Justice was not served in Ferguson,” said Council Member Ben Kallos an attorney and Caucus Vice-Chair for Policy. “I stand with my colleagues, the city, and the nation in decrying the decision in Ferguson.”

“I’m both saddened and angered by the lack of justice for Mike Brown and for too many other young men of color – including Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, and Tamir Rice, whose lives were taken when deadly force was not needed,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “Most officers work hard every day, with good intentions and without incident, risking their safety for ours. But when it’s consistently an African-American young man who is killed, when there is every reason to believe that deadly force is not necessary, when there’s so rarely accountability through the justice system, it is time for us to acknowledge the systemic impacts of race in how we police and do something about it. Here in NYC, we should use the remedial process coming out of the Floyd stop-and-frisk trial to address tensions between the NYPD and communities of color – including body-worn cameras, changing the tenor of most street interactions, and recommitting to community policing.”

“The grand jury decision regarding the shooting of an unarmed Michael Brown has left millions of Americans disgusted, angry, and wanting for justice,” said Council Member Stephen Levin. “My heart goes out to the family of Michael Brown and I join them in calling for peace in the wake of the grand jury’s decision last night. We must take every action to rid our nation of institutionalized discrimination and to a future where the color of your skin doesn’t determine your relationship with those who are meant to protect and serve us.”

“The events which have transpired in Ferguson bring to mind an old quote: ‘A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect’,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller, echoing a sentiment given by W.E.B. DuBois. “With this in mind, it is vital that we here in New York City continue to aspire towards a more just and understanding community. Together we can overcome the troubled dynamics which have plagued the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Michael Brown and the Ferguson community. We stand with the peaceful protesters calling for reform of the systemic issues plaguing our justice system,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.

“Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Akai Gurley.  We must redouble our efforts to to make sure no other names are added to this terrible list by taking on the systemic problem of how young men of color are treated by law enforcement in America,” said Council Member Mark Levine.

“I stand in solidarity with Michael Brown’s family, and am deeply disappointed by Monday’s grand jury decision. From New York City to Ferguson, too many young men of color have been harmed due to discriminatory and excessive policing. I hope this occasion compels an open an honest dialogue about what can be done to curb police misconduct and to restore trust between law enforcement and communities of color,” said Council Member Ritchie Torres.

“The decision to not indict Officer Wilson in the fatal shooting of a young, unarmed man is disappointing, and a great injustice for Mike Brown, but also for the countless others who understand this as a dangerous precedent,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca. “Our work to humanize the lives of people of color, and to transform police relations with our communities, is far from over. My prayers, thoughts, and solidarity continue to be with Mike’s family, and with the City of Ferguson.”

“After hearing the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson, I am ashamed and afraid of the world I am handing off to my son. But just as it is the responsibility of our police force to protect everyone, it is the responsibility of citizens to engage in lawful protest. We must be indignant against racism, poverty and lack of education, not people—that only perpetuates violence. As a nation, we must do better,” said Council Member Julissa Ferreras.

“First and foremost, my continued prayers for peace and comfort go to the family and friends of Michael Brown, as well as the parents of every child our nation has lost due to gun violence,” said Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Co-Chair of the Council’s Taskforce to Combat Gun Violence. “As we learned about the grand jury’s decision, the results for most of us were not surprising, but disheartening nonetheless. It is my hope that elected officials in Missouri and across the country must advocate for a cultural-systemic shift within their police departments to reform the broken system that consistently targets men and women of more color. We all must sustain our unity and have our emotions fuel a relentless pursuit of reform. In 2014, it should not be this difficult, by virtually every single statistical metric, to be black in America.”

Founded in 2009, the Progressive Caucus has pioneered reform of criminal justice policies to emphasize prevention, alternatives-to-incarceration and partnership with communities.

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Williams, Gibson, & Elected Officials Respond to Resignation of NYPD Chief Banks

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New York, NY: 11/3/14, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, and Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson (D-Bronx), Chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Safety, were joined by State Assemblyman Karim Camara, Chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus, State Assemblyman Walter Mosley, members of the Council’s Black Latino and Asian Caucus and members of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, additional elected officials and advocacy groups during a press conference to voice their concern with the direction of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in light of Chief Philip Banks’ resignation, and called on the Administration to ensure that the needs of Black and Brown communities in New York City are not overlooked.

According to reports, Chief Banks reluctantly accepting a promotion to First Deputy Commissioner after threatening to resign amid ongoing friction over NYPD Commissioner William Bratton’s regime and the previous one under Ray Kelly. Banks’ resignation occurs nearly two months after the resignation of First Deputy Police Commissioner Rafael Pineiro, the highest-ranking Hispanic in the NYPD. Banks was promoted to Chief of Department in 2013 after a 28-year career with NYPD and was one of the highest ranking black law enforcement officials in New York City. Full Release

WHAT PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS MEMBERS SAY:

“Throughout Chief Banks’ tenure, his leadership has played a critical role in helping to navigate difficult relationships between NYPD and communities of more color as we attempted to deal with chronic issues in policing,” said Council Member Williams. “The resignation of the highest ranking Black and Latino officials in the department seems to provide a strong indication that much more work needs to be done within the NYPD. Ten months is not enough time to completely change a broken system, but it is enough time to see the direction being taken. I’m thankful that the Administration has shown a change in tone, willingness to listen and has taken identifiable steps toward change, but the time has come to move quicker from words to actions before the progress we’ve made is completely wiped away. “

“The resignation of the two top ranking minority officials Chief Banks and First Deputy Pineiro is a clear indication of departmental instability at a time when our communities need leadership in police reform,” said Councilmen Donovan Richards and Antonio Reynoso, Co-Chairs of the Progressive Caucus. “It is detrimental that Black and Latino representation is being compromised when diversity and cultural competence is at the very root of the discriminatory practices the NYPD is being held accountable to address.”

“Chief Phillip Banks’ resignation is particularly concerning in light of what appears to be disturbingly unequal law enforcement practices throughout the City. We should all have the expectation that no matter what street we are walking down, no matter what neighborhood we live in, no matter the color of our skin, the accent of our speech, or the clothing we wear – that we are all afforded the same respect, the same civil rights, and treated equally when dealing with the NYPD. Whether you live in my district on the UWS or CM Williams’ or CM Gibson’s district – the expectation of conduct by the police when interacting with each and every one of our citizens must be the same. I expect and we should accept nothing less – under any circumstances,” said Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal. “Coming shortly on the heels of First Deputy Pineiro’s departure, Commissioner Bratton needs to take steps to assure all New Yorkers that day-to-day policing will adhere to standards of fairness and uniformity regardless of the borough and neighborhood where it takes place. Furthermore, the NYPD must be clear about whether or not NYPD First Deputy is a ceremonial position or not. If it is ceremonial, there is no reason that an experienced and trusted ‘boots-on-the-ground’ Chief should be asked to take that position.”

“We at the Council anxiously wait on information concerning Banks’ replacement,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. “His successor should bring the same or a similar perspective to the NYPD and I call upon the administration to ensure that his replacement promotes the voice of New Yorkers of color. “

“I’m distressed by the resignation of Chief Banks, who was an important bridge between One Police Plaza and all of NYC’s communities, especially communities of color,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “This is a critical time for rebuilding bonds of trust between the NYPD and communities, based on principles of equal justice and safety for all New Yorkers. We must seize the opportunity created by the remedial process in the stop-and-frisk lawsuit, by the Community Safety Act, and by Mayor de Blasio’s election. And we must take a hard look at continuing problems with disparate marijuana arrests, broken windows enforcement, and use of force. I urge Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton to move forward courageously and inclusively to address the challenges facing the NYPD.”

IN THE NEWS

NYTimes: Politicians Show Frustration After a Police Chief’s Exit in New York

NY Observer: Minority Police Groups Blame Bratton for Banks’ Departure

New York’s PIX11: Public officials concerned about lack of NYPD minority leadership

CBS Local City: Council Members Voice Concerns Over Police Chief’s Resignation

NY Post: Minority leaders blast de Blasio over NYPD upheaval

Jamaica Observer: Grenadian/American legislator outraged over resignation of black NYDP chief

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Universal Broadband and Consumer Protections Necessary in Time Warner-Comcast Merger

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The merger of the two cable giants would provide Comcast with Time Warner Cable’s 2.5 million customers in New York State and 40 percent of Internet subscribers across the nation. The FCC has delayed a decision on the merger, but states are conducting their own review processes. The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) will approve or reject the merger on November 13.  A coalition of 22 state and local elected officials argued in a Letter to PSC Chair, Audrey Zibelman, that for such a merger to be in the public interest, Comcast-Time Warner Cable must guarantee key public benefits including universal broadband and consumer protections.

The New York coalition demanded specific benefits for the Public Service Commission to consider the merger, including, but not limited to:

  • Universal broadband to bridge the digital divide, providing free wi-fi programs to NYCHA, senior, youth and community centers, and expanding affordable broadband services to all who qualify for means-based federal, state and city subsidies;
  • Improvements in infrastructure, transparency, and customer service to keep New York competitive and ensure residents have effective and reliable cable by reducing wait times, vastly improving service and reducing consumer complaints;
  • Increased transparency around interconnect transmission data to ensure compliance with Net Neutrality standards and a commitment to an Open Internet.

The broad coalition consists of State Senators,  Assembly Members, Public Advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Council Members including Progressives Ben Kallos, Antonio Reynoso, Donovan Richards, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Deborah Rose, Mark Levine, Margaret Chin,  Danny Dromm, I. Daneek Miller, Helen Rosenthal, James Van Bramer, and Carlos Menchaca.

WHAT PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS MEMBERS SAY: 

“All New Yorkers must have access to a competitive, free and open Internet. Should these two cable giants merge, it is essential that New Yorkers have the customer protections and digital services they need,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “This merger is only in the public interest if it greatly expands and does not diminish the opportunities our digital city has to offer.”

“Countless marginalized neighborhoods, schools, and centers of community life have gotten by for too long without access to the critical services that broadband internet provides. This significant transaction is an opportunity to address this inequality,” said Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs, Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Donovan Richards. “We must not underestimate the business advantages this proposal creates but rather ensure that its impact includes additional resources for the progress of our constituency.”

“Universal broadband would dramatically improve access to educational resources, job training and job postings, government services, and more for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers,” said Council Member Helen Rosenthal. “Today I call on the Public Service Commission to serve the public and recognize universal broadband as a fundamental resource for economic and educational opportunity in the 21st century.”

“Facilitating the development of technology is a priority for New York City, but this work must be done responsibly and with accountability,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller. “It is of utmost importance to our communities and the public interest that the Comcast-Time Warner merger provides a measure of expertise along with value to the citizens of our City. We expect these companies to demonstrate that they are good players by providing resources and access to those in need. This includes expanding affordable broadband services and improving technology infrastructure throughout the five boroughs.”

IN THE NEWS

NY Times: Free Broadband for Public Housing in New York Sought as Condition in Comcast Deal

Gothamist: Comcast Should Give NYC Public Housing Residents Free WiFi

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Progressive Caucus Opposes Prop1 Ballot Initiative

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New York City Council Members in the Progressive Caucus announced their opposition to Proposal 1, a redistricting constitutional amendment that will be on the November 4th ballot in New York State.

Proposal 1 would create a 10-member Redistricting Commission where eight of ten members would be appointed by legislative leaders, the final 2 being chosen by the committee. The Caucus agrees the amendment offers cosmetic changes, which don’t protect voters affected by current unfair partisan redistricting practices.  If Prop 1 passes, NYC is stuck with what supporters admit is an inadequate system, and any attempt to augment it would require two consecutive votes from the legislature and another voter referendum.

If Prop 1 is defeated in November, other states and even some NY counties with impartial redistricting procedures can serve as models for New York. The Progressive Caucus looks forward to working with the Administration to craft and advocate for such model legislation. Full Release

WHAT PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS MEMBERS SAY:

“Caucus members understand that Proposal 1– if passed – would lock a flawed redistricting plan into the New York State constitution for decades to come,” said Caucus Co-Chair, Council Member Donovan Richards. “We have a responsibility to communities to establish a process that is more equitable for New Yorkers without the weak principles and political controls that Prop 1 offers.”

“Proposal 1 sets up a system that will institutionalize into our state constitution the cracking and packing that has divided Latino and African American communities in New York, resulting in under representation in the State Senate,” said Caucus Co-Chair, Council Member Antonio Reynoso. “To make progress on issues important to my community, like preserving affordable housing and stronger renter protections,  we need real redistricting reform, That’s why I am voting no on Proposal 1 on the back of the November 4th ballot.”

“New Yorkers have an important choice to make this year on Prop 1, which should not be adopted. Prop 1 would enshrine in the constitution a commission whose independence the courts have already questioned and a final loophole that would leave redistricting in the hands of the legislature,” said Caucus Vice-Chair for Policy, Council Member Ben Kallos, who served as founding Executive Director of New Roosevelt, a good government group that was an early opponent of the measure.

“Proposal #1 is a setback in the effort to achieve a redistricting process that is both fair and impartial,” said Caucus Vice-Chair for Budget, Council Member Helen Rosenthal. “This proposition does little to dilute the partisan grip of party leaders on how district lines are drawn, and fails to measure up to the kind of reform our public has asked for and deserves.”

“While Prop 1 may look like a step forward, it is really worse than the current system.  It sets a dangerous precedent by adding to our state constitution a committee whose rules change based on the party in power,” said Council Member Brad Lander, District 39.  “I am worried that this plan takes away the will of the voters to choose their elected officials.  We need a real redistricting reform plan, not Prop 1.”

“As a state judge rightly ruled last month, you can’t label these so-called redistricting reforms ‘independent’ when they do not eliminate the fundamental problem: legislators should not be allowed to draw their own districts. In fact, Proposal 1 is so weak that it would be a huge setback for our cause,” said Council Member Mark Levine, District 7. “We must demand better from Albany. I’m strongly urging all New Yorkers to go out and vote “No” on 1 this November 4th.”

IN THE NEWS

Capital NY: Progressive Caucus opposes redistricting amendment 

readMedia: Elected Officials, Labor and Community Organizations Urge Voters to Reject Fatally Flawed Proposal 1

Capital NY: Mark-Viverito votes for WFP, against Prop 1

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Electeds Call on MTA to Remove Anti-Islamic Ads

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Thirty-four elected officials including the New York City Council Progressive Caucus, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Council Member I. Daneek Miller, the lone Muslim member of the City Council, sent a Letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority President Tom Prendergast (attached) calling for the removal of anti-Islamic advertisements which were recently placed and are currently displayed on MTA property. The three ads, which have been approved and paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, features headlines touting “Islamic Jew-Hatred”, slogans which seek to equate Muslim-American organizations to foreign terrorists and, previously, a caption reading “Yesterday’s moderate is today’s headline” while juxtaposing images of a young Muslim musician and an ISIS executioner standing over James Foley.

The officials, include Progressive Caucus co-Chairs (Antonio Reynoso and Donovan Richards), the Chair of the Council’s Jewish Caucus (Mark Levine), and the co-chairs of the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus (Rosie Mendez and Andy King), note that the “ads sow hate, create discord, and promote violence against Muslims and those who appear to be Muslim”. Citing the MTA’s viewpoint-neutral advertisement policies, the officials claim that “the MTA is well within its legal authority to remove the ads in part, and reject additional advertisements.” Full Release

WHAT PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS MEMBERS SAY:

“We as a City Council, while we recognizing first amendment rights, absolutely demand zero tolerance when it comes to these provocative advertisements. It is appalling that these messages have been allowed and continue to remain posted.” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller. “As the lone Muslim member of the Council, I find the ads particularly offensive and not a true representation of the Muslim community, which continues to be a great contributor to our City. We hope that the MTA will meet this challenge and remove these ads, which only seek to incite and provoke, and are not in the best interests of our great City.”

“A platform as visible as the MTA is no place to propel hate speech. The Progressive Caucus condemns AFDI’s islamophobic ads that perpetuate dangerous stereotypes and threaten New Yorkers,” said Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Donovan Richards and Antonio Reynoso. “Residents, commuters and tourists should experience a positive and inclusive environment, not the hostile one that these ads provoke.”

“No religion or faith should ever be subject to attack ads, and I’m appalled by this latest attempt to divide our city,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. 

“Hiding behind the veil of the first amendment to spew hate is pure cowardice,” remarked Council Member Mark Levine, Chair of the Jewish Caucus. “It’s shocking and upsetting that the MTA’s policies force them to allow for such an incendiary anti-Muslim ad on our busses and in our subway stations. These types of propaganda only divide us and ratchet up already increasing animosity. The ads must come down.”

“As one of the most diverse cities in the country and the world, it is incredibly important that we do not spread or promote hatred in any form. The slanderous and bigoted ads that have been plastered on subway stations and on buses have no place in our city,” said Council Member Corey Johnson. “I will continue to speak out against racism and religious discrimination in all its forms.”

IN THE NEWS

Huffington Post: As Hate Crimes Increase, Officials Condemn ‘Vile’ Anti-Islam Ads In New York Subway

NY Observer: NYC Rallies Against $100K Anti-Islam Ad Campaign

Queens Chronicle: James, Council call MTA ads anti-Muslim

New York Immigration Coalition: Response to the Anti-Islamic MTA Ads

JP Updates: Jewish, Citywide Elected Officials Denounce Pamela Geller’s Anti-Islam Hate Ads

Updated News: Mark-Viverito criticize anti-Islam ads due to run on buses 

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Council Members to Commissioner: Cablevision bad on labor

The Progressive Caucus was among the 42 Council Members who recently penned a letter to the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Anne Roest.

Led by Progressives I. Daneek Miller, Chair of the Civil Service and Labor Committee and Brad Lander, City Council Deputy Leader for Policy, the letter highlights concerns regarding a recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for citywide Internet hotspots and Cablevision as a potention bidder.

“The provisions of this RFP, like other RFPs for franchises from the City of New York, contains language requiring the ‘franchisee [to] recognize the right of its employees to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing in accordance with applicable law. Franchisee shall recognize and deal with the representatives duly designated or selected by the majority of its employees for the purpose of collective bargaining…Franchisee shall not dominate, interfere with, participate in the management or control of, or give financial support to any union or association of its employees.’

There is strong reason for concern that Cablevision, Inc. may not meet the terms of these requirements. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a sweeping complaint against Cablevision in April, 2013, finding that the company had illegally fired 22 employees for engaging in protected union activity; had engaged in illegal “bad faith bargaining”; had put union employees under illegal surveillance; had illegally promised raises to workers who voted against unionization in the Bronx; and had otherwise coerced and discriminated against pro-union workers. A trial on this complaint was concluded in December 2013, and briefs from the parties were submitted on February 28, 2014. A ruling from the Administrative Law Judge is expected in the coming months.

We have expressed previously our concern that these actions may place Cablevision in violation of its current franchise agreement to provide cable TV service to sections of Brooklyn and the Bronx. In late February, 2013, the City Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises held a hearing to investigate the question of whether Cablevision was complying with the collective bargaining provisions of its cable TV franchise agreement with New York City, in the aftermath of the company’s illegal firing of 22 workers for protected union activity.” Full Letter

IN THE NEWS

Crain’s NY: City Council fires warning shot at Cablevision

FierceCable: NYC council moves to block Cablevision from hot spot project …

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Progressive Members Introduce Waste Equity Bill

IMG_4841On October 7th, Council Members, environmental justice advocates, and community-based organizations rallied for waste equity legislation in advance of Intro 495 at the New York City Council. The legislation, sponsored by Progressive Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, will more equitably distribute the responsibility of solid waste management throughout our city by 1) decreasing permitted capacity for waste processing in overburdened communities, and 2) capping permitted capacity for each community district to ensure that no other community will take on more than its fair share.

New York City creates 35,000 tons of garbage every day.  Under the current system, waste transfer stations are concentrated in just a few neighborhoods – North Brooklyn, Southeast Queens, and the South Bronx, which together process about three quarters of all of the city’s solid waste.  Garbage trucks needlessly travel thousands of miles throughout New York City polluting our air, clogging our streets, and damaging our roads, and impacts are greatest in the three communities. This system exposes these communities – predominately low-income communities of color – to significant health risks. Read more

WHAT PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS MEMBERS SAY

Council Member Stephen Levin said, “For communities like the one I represent, there is no truth to the saying, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. North Brooklyn, the South Bronx, and Southeast Queens have been forced to bear the burden of the majority of the city’s waste for too long and have only suffered its consequences. This bill will promote a more equitable waste system in New York City and will ensure that no community becomes the next North Brooklyn, South Bronx, or Southeast Queens. I am proud to sponsor this legislation and to fight for a more equitable New York City with my colleagues in the City Council.”

Council Member Antonio Reynoso said, “My community in North Brooklyn, and other communities of color in Southeast Queens and the South Bronx, have been suffering the effects of high concentrations of waste transfer stations for too long.  Our children have asthma and other associated health problems, and our streets are dangerous and in disrepair.  But this isn’t just about ‘not in my backyard.’  As Chair of the Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, I support this bill as a major step toward promoting the City’s Solid Waste Management Plan and as a demonstration of the City’s commitment to borough equity for processing waste.”

“Here in Southeast Queens, as in parts of North Brooklyn and the South Bronx, we have been disproportionally impacted by poor waste management policies. This legislation provides an opportunity to bring justice to this unjust situation and to clean up our communities,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller. “I look forward to working on this bill as it moves through the Council and thank Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso for their leadership on this important issue.”

IN THE NEWS

Metro NY: Community groups, council members call for waste equity in outer boroughs

Capital NY: Council Proposal would Alter Trash Distribution

National Resource Defense Capital: Time for Trash Equity in New York City

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