VID Reviews NYC Composting Program in Forum at the March General Meeting
On March 8th VID will present a forum on the NYC Composting Program … or How Greenwich Village Will Be Getting Greener!
One third of what New Yorkers throw away is food scraps and other waste and that can be used to generate renewable energy as well as compost to create soil.
To explain how local residents can participate in New York City’s innovative waste collection programs, Village Independent Democrats (VID) will host Tal Zaken, Senior Coordinator, Organics Outreach in the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability of the Department of Sanitation, at its general meeting on Thursday, March 8.
Tal will explain how residents and buildings can participate in curbside collection or convenient neighborhood drop-off spots for organic waste material. The meeting, which begins at 6:30 pm, is at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, at 83 Christopher Street.
“VID has been working for years to make New York City cleaner and greener,” said Nat Johnson, Chairman of VID’s Environmental Committee. “If extended and developed, this program of the DSNY could be a game-changer in terms of waste removal and renewal.”
The City of New York already operates many compost collection sites in lower Manhattan, including:
Abingdon Square Greenmarket West 12th Street & 8th Avenue Saturdays: 8am–1pm*
Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park at 10th Ave. 14th Street Park at southwest corner of 15th St. and 10th Ave Daily: 7am-7pm
Hudson River Park’s Chelsea Waterside Park at W. 23rd St. Chelsea Waterside Park at 23rd St. and 11th Ave entrance Daily: 7am-7pm
Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 at N. Moore St. Pier 25 at N. Moore St. near kid’s playground Daily: 7am-7pm
Hudson River Park’s Pier 40 at W. Houston St. Pier 40 at Houston St. near Dog Park Daily: 7am-7pm
Hudson River Park’s Pier 51 at Horatio St. Pier 51 at Horatio St. near comfort station
Hudson Square – 6th Ave & Spring St, East side of 6th Avenue just north of Spring Street, in front of the entrance to God’s Love We Deliver Hours: T/Th, 8:00am-11:00am, year-round.
Tompkins Square Greenmarket E 7th St & Ave A Sundays 8am-1pm*
Union Square Greenmarket NE Section of Union Square Park Mon* , Wed, Fri, Sat* 8am-5pm
West 23rd Street at 8th Avenue, South side of W 23rd Street, just west of 8th Avenue, in front of the Vitamin Shoppe. Hours: Tu/Th, 8:00am-11:00am, year-round
The start of the New Year was all about standing up and being counted…
Throughout Manhattan VID Members and friends gathered to support progressive agendas. At the January 11 General Meeting, Erik Coler got the ball rolling on standing up and being counted by introducing his newest idea – posting anti-Trump fliers in coffee shops to stimulate membership in VID. [Meeting Minutes Here]
NYS Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli
This meeting also hosted NYS Comptroller Tom DeNapoli who regaled the club with a speech congratulating Jerry Nadler, Brad Hoylman, Deborah Glick, and others. He complimented the VID holiday party and spoke of the intricacies of the comptroller’s office and the financial soundness of the city, then took questions about prison reform, Medicaid and nursing homes.
On the Immigration front, Keen Berger and Erik Bottcher reported on the demonstration for Ravi Ragbir, head of the New Sanctuary Coalition. Erik Bottcher spoke about the rally, which was attended by Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and during which two Councilmembers, Jumaane Williams and Ydanis Rodriguez, were arrested. Keen also mentioned Jean Montreal, who also is in danger of deportation.
The Environmental Committee met on January 19th. Nat Johnson, Chair of the committee, reported that the Trump administration was undermining EPA regulations, which required public hearings, not being held in New York. He urged members to register objections at the EPA website. The night before they had met with the Manhattan Solid Waste Management organization.
Laurie Hardjowirogo solicited volunteers for the True Blue anti-IDC phone banks.
On Saturday, January 20th a large number of VID Members and friends gathered for the Women’s March. (See the slideshow for Tony Hoffmann’s pictures).
On January 22, VID Member, Livvey Mann host a second-home registration phone bank.
On January 25th there was an anti-IDC demonstration in front of Senator Flanagan’s office.
And, then there were the Inauguration festivities for Councilmember Carlina Rivera and for Council Speaker Corey Johnson (also depicted in the slide show – thank you Tony).