At the April 13th General Meeting VID passed a Curbside Composting Pickup Resolution
VID agrees with the New York City Department of Sanitation program for collecting food scraps, spoiled food, food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings and plants – collectively known as organics or organic waste. This waste comprising almost one-third of the waste that the NYC Department of Sanitation collects when composted can enrich and not damage our environment, as well as saving the City money on landfill costs. New York City will be contributing to the “zero waste” to landfills by 2030 policy. The full curbside composting pickup resolution calls upon Community Board #2 Manhattan (CB#2) and the NYC Dept of Sanitation to expand the program to Manhattan and specifically to CB#2:
“Whereas, there are no Manhattan neighborhoods participating in the City’s curbside composting program and we feel that Community Board 2 Manhattan meets the characteristics for this program.”
Here are the three Resolves requested:
The Village Independent Democrats urges Community Board 2 to explore participation of the district in the City’s curbside collection of organic waste program;
The Village Independent Democrats urges Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner New York City Department of Sanitation as she has stated, to enhance organic waste as a resource;
The Village Independent Democrats urges our City Council representative Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to support curbside compost pickup in Community Board 2.
This initiative is on the list of strategic actions adopted by the Environmental Committee for 2017. The resolution was introduced by Nat Johnson along with two others at the Apri 13th meeting.
At present there are organic waste drop-off sites at Spring St. and Sixth Avenue (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-11AM) and at the Abingdon Square Green Market on West 12th and Eighth Avenue (on Saturdays from 8AM-1PM).
At a well-attended April 27th event, VID Celebrates 60 Years.
We recall words on VID’s history from Ed Gold:
The club’s formation flowed from the disappointment in the 1956 presidential election when Adlai Stevenson, the hero of reform-minded Democrats, was routed once more by the war hero Dwight Eisenhower, while receiving only lukewarm support from the dominant old-line Tamawa Club in the Village, where DeSapio called the shots.
A group of dejected Stevensonians from the Village Stevenson campaign gathered in late 1956 or early 1957 and decided the Village deserved better than Tammany leadership. – Ed Gold. The Villager and The Downtown Express, Feb. 23, 2007.
In addition to the lively talk about National and Local politics, VID celebrates 60 years by highlighting outstanding contributions to the fabric of New York life and ethics.
For Tirelessly Advocation for New York City’s Public School Children – Shino Tanikawa, Public School Parent; Vice President of Community Education Council District 2 and Education Activist.
For Working to Make The Stonewall National Monument Honoring LGBT Civil Rights a Realty – Cortney Worrall, Northeast Senior Regional Director, National Parks Conservancy Association.
For Acting on a Moment’s Notice, Going to JFK Airport to Help Those Affected by the Muslim Ban – Mark Doss, Esq., Supervising Attorney, International Refugee Assistance Project at The Urban Justice Center; Yasmine Farhang, Esq., Immigration Attorney, Make the Road New York; Camille J. Mackler, Esq. Director of Legal Initiatives, New York Immigration Coalition.
For 40 Years of Grassroots Activism and Progressive Leadership, The Very Special Inaugural VID Member’s Award – Tony Hoffmann, Former District Leader and Two-Time VID President.