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De Blasio at Six Months: Environment

Monday, July 14, 2014

All this week on the Brian Lehrer Show we're checking in on the de Blasio administration's progress on a variety of key issues, six months into his first term. We'll talk to advocacy groups about how the mayor has lived up to his campaign promises on the environment, crime, housing, and more. Friday, we'll hear from Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris.

Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, discusses the mayor's commitment to environmental sustainability and resiliency in his first six months and points out challenges he has yet to address.

Guests:

Marcia Bystryn

Comments [10]

Stefi Moskovits from NYC

STOP CONSTRUCTION ON THE DANGEROUS 91ST STREET MTS NOW. TRANSFER STATIONS DO NOT BELONG IN URBAN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS; THEY ARE ILLEGAL!!! OVER 34,000 CHILDREN, WHO USE AN ADJACENT RECREATION FACILITY, ARE AT RISK; IN ADDITION,TO THE THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS OF YORKVILLE AND EAST HARLEM. MAYOR DEBLASIO HAS THE POWER TO STOP THIS RIDICULOUS PROJECT, BUT HAS NOT DONE SO BECAUSE OF POLITICAL CRONYISM. DISGRACEFUL! THIS WILL BE HIS GW BRIDGE SCANDAL! INSTEAD A NYC SHOULD SPEND THE MILLIONS DESIGNATED FOR THIS PROJECT ON A MODERN SOLID WASTE RECYCLING PROGRAM! PLEASE HELP US STOP STOP THIS HAZARDOUS PROJECT NOW!

Jul. 15 2014 11:46 PM
Leo the Lion

I love Mayor de Blasio. He's the greatest mayor of NYC in my 71 years on this planet.

Under the Mayor Bloomberg we were not allowed to go to Central Park during the renomination of President Bush and protest his war policies. Remember we were told we would ruin the newly planted grass seed in the park. When you start messing with free speech, I get very concerned.

And don't forget Mayor Bloomberg's appointment of his friend, Cathie Black, to run the NYC school system. She had NO experience. In contrast, every one of Mayor de Blasio's appointments has been someone with a rich background in the department they are running.

Jul. 15 2014 06:27 PM

It's surprising to me that the broad questions I raised this morning about the 2007 NYC Solid Waste Management Plan were immediately turned into a local neighborhood concern by Ms. Bystryn. There are very important concerns about the local effects of marine transfer stations in Yorkville Manhattan and Gravesend Brooklyn, but I really wanted to hear about the Plan's lack of impact on NYC's dismal and unchanging recycling rate (15 percent), the fact that planned marine transfer station's will reduce total garbage truck miles by less than 4 percent while costing taxpayers hundreds of $ millions, and the fact that the plan will not help truly overburdened communities in NYC. We got the old party line instead. NYC is a laggard rather than a leader in the vital area of municipal waste management....at great environmental and financial cost.

Jul. 14 2014 03:49 PM
frances from Manhattan

Dear Ms. Bystryn,
How many additional garbage trucks per day will now be barreling through the narrow, highly residential streets of Yorkville? How many garbage trucks will be idling on York Ave. in front of the outdoor playing fields used by scores of NY school children every week? How many bus lines are on that same street, turning onto 91st St. directly opposite the truck ramp? How many cars jam that same street lining up to enter the FDR Drive uptown/downtown a block away? How many children, seniors and disabled folks cross that corner every day to attend classes at the health/sports center there? How many feet away from the public houses is the 10-story garbage plant under construction? How many huge 6, 8 and bigger inter-city trucks already use First Avenue as an exit from the city, day and night? Exactly what is it again that you're so proud of the Mayor about here?

Jul. 14 2014 12:25 PM
laura

Encouraging city government employees and MTA employees to use public transportation rather than city cars would cut down on emissions and send a clear message about the importance of moving away from individual cars towards public transport.

Jul. 14 2014 11:47 AM
laura

We need a public campaign to promote drivers to stop idling in their cars.

Jul. 14 2014 11:42 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I'd also like to see better posters in buildings' recycling areas. "NO styrofoam," "NO plastic bags," "NO garbage--please wash food containers before recycling them." And they should say how to recycle things the city doesn't, like plastic bags at supermarkets.

Jul. 14 2014 11:39 AM
Capper from NYC

I just want to give a shout out for support of the plastic bag fee that a caller addressed.

Jul. 14 2014 11:38 AM
Amy from Manhattan

There doesn't seem to be enough publicity on the expansion of recycling. Many people I talk to still think the only plastics the city recycles are bottles & jars.

Jul. 14 2014 11:35 AM
I live in a leaky HPD built coop from New Yorker

The Deblasio Administration refuses to address new home owners who have been screwed by HPD and the developers who have left them with millions of dollars of repairs due to poor construction quality, bad oversight and the fact that REBNY and BFC Development, Donald Capoccia are the Mayors' #1 donor. Homeowners are left with making repairs which is very costly considering HPD promotes these units as affordable. While he was public advocate he ignored all inquires regarding these issues.

Jul. 14 2014 11:22 AM

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