During my campaign in 2017, I received complaints about the air quality in and about Liberty Avenue and 172nd. Street.
I spent 2019 with several community activist to organize and reform the way waste transfer stations conduct business in our district.
We People for the neighborhood, along with CommUnity 1st., were contacted and asked if we would join a coalition of activists who were opposed to the way carting companies were conducting business in our area. The coalition was lead by an organization called N.Y.C. Environmental Justice. We immediately signed on to aide the group in anyway that we could. This meant going to and participating in several planning meetings.
It was determined the way Royal Carting company processed trash was virtually non compliant to newer regulations .The result of their practices was the horrendous odor that were permeating the surrounding community.
We participated in several protests to bring public awareness to the environmental injustice taking place.
The coalition worked in a tireless fashion to bring about change. We met with councilman Antonio Reynoso of Council District 34 who was sponsoring the waste zone bill. We provided pictures that substantiated numerous violations at the carting company. This and several additional meetings helped Councilman Reynoso revise his Commercial Waste Zone bill. The revised bill, which has been signed into law, contains language that reduced the amount of trash that can be processed at the location.
never doubt what ordinary citizens banning together can accomplish.