I AM SHOCKED TO FINALLY READ THE BELOW ARTICLE, I mean what took so fucking long.
If some of you reading this have been following this blog for some time, you know that I have brought up many times about the poisonous waste facility, Royal Waste, that is right in the downtown Jamaica area near hundreds of homes, a senior citizen apartment building and right across from Detective Keith Williams Park and all those waste trucks that drive illegally on residential streets making all kind of noise and throwing even more pollution in the air with their diesel fuel trucks. In fact this has been a huge project of mind to question why such a site was allowed to be placed in this community from the get go, not to mention what a horrible neighbor this business REALLY is. In fact I wrote for the umpteenth time, not that long ago about this place (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/really-the-city-needs-to-spend-money-to-work-with-jamaica-residents-to-improve-their-health-while-in-the-meantime-a-poisonous-waste-facility-royal-waste-keeps-on-truckin-in-the-downtown-area/).
So you mean Councilman I. Daneek Miller and members of the Greater Allen A.M.E. church are finally waking up to an issue that I have been bringing up since I moved here. WHAT GIVES. I mean this place has been here for long over a decade way before Miller was even involved in politics BUT his predecessor, now Senator Leroy Comrie, stood by idly letting this happen way back. NOTICE that Comrie did not appear at this “prayer in” as neither did any of the other SE Queens elected official, including crooked Councilman Ruben Wills, who has taken campaign contributions from this company and has attempted to stop proposals to break waste companies up into smaller ones spread out evenly in communities (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/indicted-queens-councilman-slams-proposal-hurts-donor-article-1.2217629). AND I certainly do not see any comment from Queens Borough President Katz on this issue, which I have brought up to her and Borough Hall for years and have gotten not one response. AND Times Ledger and especially reporter Gina Martinez, if you are the professional you should be, WHY, did you not question when this place was dumped here, WHY it was dumped here and who all was involved in the say so from this community, which elected officials and other so-called leaders of this community allowed this to happen.
So folks are slowing waking up to “ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM” – a FACT, not an alternative fact or a made up thing.
Of course this poisonous company and VP Mike Reali, attempts to justify it being here and talks about how it is “invested in the well-being and vitality of the community”:
Mike Reali, vice president of Royal Waste Services,s aid the owners and staff at the dump are from the community and they bring high paying union jobs with benefits to Jamaica residents. “Royal Waste is tremendously invested in the well-being and vitality of the community we call home,” he said. “We operate a facility according to all regulations set forth by city, state and federal regulators. We pride ourselves on continuously raising and improving our safety and environmental standards.”
REALLY MIKE, FUCK YOU. You did SHIT, when your fucking trucks were driving illegally on my residential street for years 24/7 making all kind of noise until my thousands of complaints, media attention and the crack-down by 103rd precinct ended it. YET you did not stop on your own even when I reached out to your company several times on my own. AND explain to me just how a poisonous waste facility that spews all kind of toxins and pollutants is INVESTED IN THE WELL-BEING of the community. I mean are you aware that Jamaica has one of the highest rates of Asthma in NYC and that ROYAL WASTE is one of the contributors to this. OH and one more thing, would YOU allow your waste facility to be placed near your block or in your community. ANSWER THAT ONE GOOMBA MIKE.
BUT Miller, A.M.E members, just don’t let it end here, you MUST KEEP UP THE FIGHT AND PRESSURE. And your next project is to tackle those thug auto body shops that have taken over Merrick Blvd right near A.M.E church and have turned that area into the new Willets Points with all their junked and unlicensed vehicles parked all over the streets and sidewalks, which is also near residential homes and which they also spill their poisonous vehicle fluids all over the place.
From Queens Times Ledger:
Queens leaders hold a ‘pray in’ at Jamaica dump
Jamaica leaders held a ”pray in” at a notorious dump site in southeast Queens.
Protesters gathered outside 173rd Street and Liberty Avenue Saturday in front of the waste transfer station owned by Royal Waste Services before taking a tour of the grounds. The dump site is directly across the street from a park and residential homes.
The privately held company handles residential and commercial trash and has a recycling operation.
Legislation has been introduced that would cap the amount of trash that can be processed in one community. The de Blasio administration is transitioning New York to a zone system for commercial waste. Royal Waste is no stranger to controversy. Sanitation workers throughout the years have accused the company of labor abuses and between 2006 and 2009 four workers died on the Jamaica Royal Waste site.
Mike Reali, vice president of Royal Waste Services,s aid the owners and staff at the dump are from the community and they bring high paying union jobs with benefits to Jamaica residents.
“Royal Waste is tremendously invested in the well-being and vitality of the community we call home,” he said. “We operate a facility according to all regulations set forth by city, state and federal regulators. We pride ourselves on continuously raising and improving our safety and environmental standards.”
A bus filled with parishioners from the Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral of New York and community members arrived at the site along with Rev. Andrew Wilkes and Councilman Daneek Miller (D- St. Albans).
The protestors held hands in a prayer circle where Wilkes said a prayer for the community.
“Environmental racism pollutes God’s creation while burdening New York City’s communities of color with a disproportionate amount of trash,” he said. “The issue is an urgent matter of pastoral care. Congregates of Allen Cathedral often lament the danger of their children encountering fumes from the commercial waste tucks parked next to schools, homes and playgrounds.”
Eddie Bautista, executive director at New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, said lower income neighborhoods in the South Bronx, North Brooklyn and southeast Queens are being exposed to an overwhelming amount of fumes and it is up to them to unite and make sure the dump companies change.
“When it comes to commercial waste, we can’t have 200 companies converging on three or four communities,” he said. “We need to have these companies transform and create a new system, a system where they have to compete with each other not just for who makes the most money picking up the garbage, but which company treats the community and their workers the best. We don’t have to get the low hanging fruit anymore, those days are behind us. This is a city that talks a lot about equity, justice. We know now that the fight in DC is going to be a long one. None of us are afraid of long and hard fights, especially the African-American community that knows about long and hard fights.”
Miller and Wilkes led a tour of the grounds and the smell immediately overwhelmed the group. Residents were quick to remind everyone that in the summer that was the smell residents woke up to on a daily basis.
“This city and my colleagues talk a lot about justice and equity,” Miller said. “There is no reason why three, four communities in New York are responsible for 75 percent of the garbage. We just don’t want all the bad and negative things to be dropped in our community. Today we’re talking about environmental justice.