30 Issues Day 20: Green Jobs, Recycling, Renewable Energy Policy

Friday, October 16, 2009

How green are the candidates? Miquela Craytor, executive director of Sustainable South Bronx, discusses the New York City mayoral candidates' records and Ed Rodgers, NJN News environment correspondent and public affairs producer, discusses the New Jersey gubernatorial candidates' records on green jobs, recycling, and renewable energy policy.


Miquela Craytor, and Ed Rodgers

Comments [9]

Leslie from NJ

I am very dismayed at the faux journalism exhibited by WNYC over the summer to now on the topic of the NJ governor's race. I had hoped for a serious, non-partisan discussion about the candidates. Most of the talk was about polls and money. Daggett was largely ignored. Issues were driven into brief discussions in your 30 day format show that NJ had to share with NYC listener interest.
It is widely accepted that NJ voters feel trapped by the dominant parties and have no real representation once the elections are over. Yet when a viable independent candidate appears on the scene, Chris Daggett, there is not even the appearance of an honest, detailed report on Daggett to give voters the best info possible about his background or his skills in government. Daggett not only got on the ballot, he also reached the funding bar to get public matching funds. Giving your listening audience the benefit of real investigative journalism is what I thought WNYC was all about. Rather, I see that your intention was more avoidance of the independent than inclusion. The voting choice belongs to the people of NJ, not some station committee presupposing an outcome colored by cute discussions about polls, numbers and money, as though these topics were the only barameters of relevance. Asking pithy questions is not journalism. I know I want better than what I heard from public radio.

Oct. 21 2009 04:41 PM
Sam from Brooklyn

Ms. Craytor is shockingly uninformed on issues of environmental policy considering she is leading such an important environmental justice organization.

Contrary to what she reported, Mayor Mike’s record on green jobs is blatantly evident and his sustainable vision is impressive. I’m not a politician, or city employee of any type, and the efforts that I’m about to list simply come from my own desire to consume as much knowledge as I can on the topic. Well, that and my own two eyes.

Let’s start with said eyeballs. The vast proliferation of bike lanes and green street infrastructure in every borough (full disclosure: I’m not in Staten Island very often…) has created or maintained many construction jobs. The most notable large scale projects being the Brooklyn Greenway, Governor’s Island, and the once traffic debacles turned plazas seen all around Manhattan:

Two recent pieces of legislation that directly impact the greening of existing buildings and creation of hundreds of jobs—the green roof tax incentive, and the greener, greater, buildings plan:

Ms. Craytor made the embarrassing claim that the MillionTrees program lacks consideration for future stewardship. First of all, they’re trees! If they make it past the first two years, they’re pretty much good for another hundred. Second and third, is Trees NY citizen pruners and MillionTrees Stewardship Corps:

I’m out of character length but don’t forget the plastic bag recycling law and the soon to be electronics take-bake law.

Oct. 20 2009 12:12 AM

I wonder if the environmental groups backing Christie considered his position on the very important Green Acres, Clean Water and Farmland Preservation Act on the ballot this year. It is my understanding that Corzine is the only one supporting it.
As a state that receives significant percentage of our drinking water from groundwater and as one of the most developed states in the nation I am disheartened that more focus is not on this issue.

Oct. 16 2009 11:35 AM
Tomas from NYC

How about the corporate garbage? Majority of waste comes from businesses not homes. Not all companies recycle due to the fact that contracting private waste collection companies doesn't necessitate recycling and it goes all the way to entire buildings.

Oct. 16 2009 11:26 AM
Rich from Staten Island

Can you discuss briefly the Compost Program which the NYC Dept of Sanitation had suspended. Didn't that program actually save money since the leaves were not hauled away with the rest of the garbage and provided compost for gardeners as well? Maybe they could hire seasonal workers for the fall season and bring the program back as well as employment for people. The Park Dept hires seasonal workers and Sanitation for snow shoveling why not other NYC agencies/purposes?

Oct. 16 2009 10:55 AM
Jason from NJ

Can you do this for the NJ governors too?

Oct. 16 2009 10:52 AM
Green Truth from NYC

Miquela Craytor is a talking head just like Bloomberg. Her SSBX employees are currently forming a union against her unfair management style, which makes her over $95,000 a year--at a non-profit!!. Interestingly enough, Thompson is representing the Working Families Party--a coalition of labor unions, among others. Ms. Craytor could learn a thing or two from Thompson. I suggest she get off the radio, fire her union-busting lawyers, and start treating people with fairness! Afterall, SSBX is an environmental JUSTICE organization. Practice what you preach!!

Oct. 16 2009 10:44 AM
CJ from NY

Are there any candidates who support mandating apartment buildings in NY to have recycling programs? Everyone in my building is told to "just throw EVERYTHING in the dumpster."

I end up taking glass and plastic jars and bottles to my friends and famiy's homes to add to their recycling. It's less than convenient.

Oct. 16 2009 10:41 AM
Glenn from Manhattan

Bloomberg tried to balance the budget, provide money for mass transit and make green the environment all at once with congestion pricing but all the mafiosi, of professional politicians and their friends who profit from 'the way it is' or wouldn't profit from 'the way it would have been' killed it.

Oct. 16 2009 10:00 AM

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