GREATER JAMAICA (HOLLIS) STILL SHOWS WHY IT IS KING OF GHETTO SLOBS AND GARBAGE GALORE – AND WHY DOES IT TAKE THE CITY FOREVER TO DEAL WITH SUCH SITUATIONS

It never ends in this garbage strewn ghetto of Jamaica, does not matter if it is the downtown area, South Jamaica, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale, St. Albans, etc., too many ghetto slobs with no pride or respect for the community or neighbors as the latest garbage catastrophe in Hollis shows. So really what does this say about communities of color.

AND again, another unacceptable answer from one of our local elected officials:

Councilmember Daneek Miller told PIX11 News that “while this is a private property we have been working with the Department of Sanitation and asked a local non-profit to support the cleanup efforts.”

REALLY, you have been working on this, according to the two gentleman in the video below, they have said this is going on for a year. I am surprised he did not say the usual “We are aware of it”.

As Senator Tony Avella stated in a Queens Courier article about a major Flushing sinkhole that the city has been ignoring (http://qns.com/story/2017/05/15/please-start-job-lawmaker-calls-city-address-flushing-sinkhole-now/):

“Unfortunately, it is no surprise that this administration is unable to address many of New York City’s significant issues, if it cannot even repair a sinkhole,” the letter noted. “On behalf of all New York City residents, please start doing your job.”

AND why do the majority of us tolerate these lackey elected officials like our Mayor doing so very little for the hard working people of NYC. Do I need to remind everyone, they work for us, we are their bosses, we pay their salary and wonderful benefits. SO why are so many of you so fucking STUPID and putting the same shit in over and over and then never holding any of them accountable.

In a white area, 311 would be flooded with complaints and elected officials phones would be ringing, here in Jamaica, only a handful stand up and make complaints, while to the majority of folks, this is just the norm.

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From WPIX:

QUEENS, N.Y. — Lyndon Hernandez and Malik Evans are two fathers on a mission. They want clean up their neighbor’s backyard which they say has become a dumping ground for trash.

Hernandez and Evans live on 184th Street and Jamaica Avenue.

“It’s been here for over a year. I can’t take the rats, the smell and the trash anymore,” Hernandez said.

Evans said rats emerge at night.

PIX11 News tried reaching out to the homeowner, and is still waiting for comment.

Councilmember Daneek Miller told PIX11 News that “while this is a private property we have been working with the Department of Sanitation and asked a local non-profit to support the cleanup efforts.”

A spokesperson with the Department of Sanitation said the agency “sent an officer to the location who was granted access to the neighbor’s property at 184-07 to take additional photos. It appears 184-09 is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health for the following reasons: it could be rodent infestation, it is private property which DSNY cannot enter, there is a structure on the property, and the trash and debris is not visible from the street. A DSNY inspector will return tomorrow to assess if any Sanitation action can be taken.”

A Health Department spokesperson said they “take rodent complaints seriously. We are sending an inspector to the site and we will coordinate with the Department of Sanitation on next steps.”

If you have a story for Monica, email monica@pix11.com.

REPUBLICAN EDUCATOR, RUPERT GREEN, TO CHALLENGE I. DANEEK MILLER’S COUNCIL SEAT STATING “THE DISTRICT DESERVES BETTER”

I certainly cannot argue Rubert Green’s statement that “District 27 deserves better”. Green is a Republican and educator who is challenging Councilman I. Daneek Miller. AND why not, we need more challengers to step forward. Jamaica and District 27 has been poorly served for decades having Archie Spigner as Councilman for over a decade, then followed by his buddy, do nothing Leroy Comrie and now Miller. So what has the community got to lose. I mean when you have very little to begin with, there is nothing to lose, except putting the same old in office expecting different results.

My theory, if the person in office has not done a BANG UP job in the first term, make some great strides, then replace them. I mean just look at Spigner and Comrie for a perfect example. Twenty-four fucking years with the both of them and what has Jamaica and that district to show for it. FUCKING GARBAGE, the take over of  public sidewalks & streets by auto body shops in the area, tons of illegal garbage dumping which folks like Miller state “is challenging”, Polluting Royal Waste dumped into the community under their watch, homeless shelters by the dozen appearing and a poor quality of life.

Jamaica needs a good housing cleaning. Time to toss out Meeks, Cooks, Comrie, Hyndman, Wills and any other dead weight. While I think Miller is probably the best of the bunch, that does not say too much, considering the political company that he keeps, I mean, the bar is set LOW.

I am willing to give Green a shot, because we have had plenty of the good ole boys, who have done little for the community. Unfortunately as a Republican in this area, he will not have an easy time, because not only are many Jamaica folks apathetic, they tend to play follow the leader and have a bad habit of putting in the same old shit, just because that is the way they always did it or because “my preachers says to”.

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From Queens Chronicle:

Educator looks to overthrow incumbent

Republican challenger vows to not make District 27 race a cakewalk

 

City Council District 27 covers an area that traditionally votes Democratic. But a Republican candidate, Rupert Green, hopes to not make this year’s race a cakewalk for incumbent Daneek Miller (D- St. Albans).

Green, 52, of Saint Albans, wants to use his skills and training to ensure his community is not being left out, and that the voices of people in the district are heard.

He said Monday that his mission is to stop the school-to-prison pipeline, create jobs by bringing more science, technology, engineering and math education to the community and make the E and F trains smell good again.

Green, who migrated from Jamaica 35 years ago, is a longtime teacher with more than 20 years of educating from high school to college.

He is the co-founder of the Institute for Hands-on Science, Engineering, and Technology a nonprofit dedicated to providing STEM education to disadvantaged youth.

Green sees the STEM program as a way to teach gainful skills that challenge individuals and will help to lower crime rates.

“We have to model our kids in what we want them to learn, we have to fight for education,” Green said. “Pushing for education first leads to less crime in our community and less dropouts.”

In a largely Afro-Caribbean Democratic district, Green intends to get the word of his running out by dropping literature in mailboxes, making phone calls and being present at any and all community affairs.

As an active community member, he mentioned that he has his finger on the pulse of the activities that are of concern to area residents.

He also wants to break the Democratic hold on the community

“I’ve been saying blacks are not born Democrats, I want to challenge the establishment,” Green said.

For one thing, he believes area elected officials would allow jails to be built on Hollis Avenue. He associated the idea with the building of homeless shelters mentioning that he was out protesting with the community to stop a number of those from being built.

Other issues that Green wishes to address are the building of homeless shelters and stinky trains.

He also said nothing is being done about commuters having to pass garbage transfer points on their way to the E and F trains.

Miller, a former city bus operator who went on to be president of the drivers’ union, has billed himself as an advocate for families and better public transportation.

But Green claims that District 27 deserves better.

“This district has never met a challenger like me and I can rally the community,” Green said.

ANOTHER SHITTY BUSINESS NEIGHBOR, FAMILY DOLLAR, AND THEIR HUGE ILLEGAL GARBAGE DUMPING MESS THAT ASSHOLE ELECTED OFFICIALS STATE “ARE A CHALLENGE”

WHY is illegal dumping a challenge for the district? Well, that is the statement that Councilman I.Daneek Miller stated to NY1, “Illegal dumping is a challenge for the district”.

BUT why Mr. Miller, an all white area does not have an illegal dumping issue like Jamaica. Plus this is nothing new, this takes place all over the community and has been taking place for years and decades. But when you have elected officials, community leaders and church leaders who do very little to nothing for their community, when you have bad neighbors, like this shitty Family Dollar store, when you have a lack of enforcement, when you have a low amount for fines (this dollar store was fined a measly $100) and when there is not any kind of common sense (just put up a damn fence and install security cameras), this kind of shit will continue to go on and on and on in this community.

So Sanitation, elected officials and even this shitty neighbor dollar store all say “we are aware of the situation”. Well, that is the standard answer for all quality of life issues. The issue is the addressing and solving of the fucking problem. I love the line from the asshole spokeperson for this shitty Family dollar:

A spokesperson for Family Dollar thanked us for bringing it to his attention. He says he’s gathering more information to quote “address this concern promptly.”

REALLY, FUCKING REALLY. I mean this is your damn property, you mean you needed NY1 to bring this to your attention and you need to gather more information. WHAT FUCKING INFORMATION. Your property looks like it is from some third world country, what more information do you need ASSHOLE.

Clean Up Jamaica Queens, community activist Pamela Hazel and a few others have been bringing this and other quality of life issues to the attention of local elected officials, Queens Borough Presidents past and present and Department of Sanitation long before the local news was doing stories on this, In fact it is because of our perseverance and not giving up is why there is so much media attention on this issue that local leaders and this awful city are not properly addressing.

In the meantime, Rev Al Sharpton, blowhard, do nothing Senator. Leroy Comrie & former councilman for 12 years in the Family Dollar district and Assemblyman Clyde Vanel are attending the funeral this Saturday for the victims of the Hollis fire who died April 23 (http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2017/18/sheenbb_2017_05_05_q.html). Maybe after the funeral all three of these clowns can take a walk over to 109 and Merrick and then take a tour of the whole area, to see all the SHIT here and what many of our civilized residents (and home owners) have to deal with on a daily basis due to people like Comrie and a lack of enforcement and all the bullshit that is considered normal in this majority black community. BUT then that would not make a good photo op, considering that these conditions are not only due to the bottom barrel folks & businesses in the area who cause this, but the lack of true leadership with people like Comrie and company. And then these clowns, including Melinda Katz, will stand in front of a camera and say how “wonderful Jamaica is and is a good place to live, work and play. FUCK YOU, HYPOCRITES.

Sutphin Blvd between Jamaica Ave and 90th Ave

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From NY1:

Jamaica Residents Fed Up Over Dollar Store Dumpster

By NY1 News
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 07:01 PM EDT
 

Monica Rose is fed up.

Forced to live right next door to a massive mound of trash.

“It was like coming over the fence, ” said Rose.

As bad as it looks she said it smells even worse.

“Guys they come here to urinate, urine, feces, ” she said.

While the trash sits in what’s supposed to be a private dumpster lot for this Family Dollar store near the corner of 109th road and Merrick Boulevard, Rose says people in the neighborhood have turned it into a public dumping ground.

While we were there we spotted an old door, a couch, even an old cracked toilet all tossed in the pile.  Joan Ramberan who lives across the street says it’s ruining the neighborhood.

“It’s not uplifting us just taking us down,” said Ramberan.

Rose showed us this ledger of all the people she’s reached out to for help; from the company to the city’s Department of Sanitation.  She’s even contacted Council Member Daneek Miller’s office and yet the trash remains.

Sanitation officials say they are aware of the problem, in March they issued a summons to the store for dirty sidewalks which carries a $100 fine.  It’s still pending.

The store has also received a summons for not displaying a certificate showing which company is supposed to pick up the trash.

On Wednesday a sanitation worker gave the store yet another summons.

A spokesperson for Family Dollar thanked us for bringing it to his attention.

He says he’s gathering more information to quote “address this concern promptly.”

Councilman Millers office says illegal dumping is a challenge in the district, but his office is committed to working with the community to address it.

As for Rose, she says this all could be resolved if the company just put up a gate, tall enough to prevent the illegal dumping.

“They need to do something the garbage is coming onto my fence. This is not fair to me,” she said.

MORE BULLSHIT COMING OUT OF THE ASSES OF ELECTED OFFICIALS & OTHERS ABOUT JAMAICA’S NEW DEVELOPMENT “THE CROSSING”

Yep, it was a who’s who of bullshit artists know as elected officials at the ground breaking of “The Crossing”, Jamaica’s newest and biggest development in it’s history and on a good note, the biggest African-American development investment in the USA.  And while that ceremony was going on, a few blocks north on Sutphin Blvd, the REAL Jamaica, tons of litter and garbage deposited by the same people that they want to put into The Crossing.

Sutphin Blvd between Jamaica Ave and 90th Ave

Sutphin Blvd between Jamaica and 90 Ave

But lets move away from the rose colored glasses and sift thru the bullshit from elected officials,  like this comment from Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who I actually have some respect for and probably is the best of the bunch in this community known for rotten apples:

“We’ve proved that while others fled, we’ve stayed here and sustained this community,” Miller said. “There will be a reward for that.

I am not sure what that REWARD will be since no detail was given, but exactly HOW have you all sustained this community. Have any of you actually walked all over the entire Jamaica area and looked (like I and my trusty bike have): 1) poisonous polluting Royal Waste dumped in the downtown area obviously approved a decade ago by some of those same leaders who allowed Royal Waste to open up shop in a residential area which has polluted the ground and the air, not too mention the main reason for the tons of waste truck traffic in the area and smell; 2) illegal garbage dumping all over & tons of litter dropped by so many slob residents;  3) auto body shops take over of public sidewalks and streets especially on Merrick Blvd, which is now the new “Willets Point”; 4)  major traffic congestion from too many buses (many broken and leaky), dollar vans, dollar cars, livery cabs, green cabs and TONS OF COMMERCIAL TRUCKS (mostly waste trucks); 4) illegal truck driving on residential streets; 5) Illegal overnight commercial parking of truck and dangerously parked inside the LIRR overpass tunnels at 170 St, Merrick and 168 St; 6) tons of homeless shelters dumped into the area, hotels converted to homeless shelters and supportive housing, not too mention the drug rehab/clinics which seem to serve many of the Long Island population;  7) and so much other nonsense like poor sidewalks & streets, illegal curb cuts all over, lack of green due to illegal cementing over all greenery, local parks trashed, shady construction that never gets completed and becomes an eyesore & hazard and every other shit thing you can think of that goes on that would NEVER be tolerated in a civilized community.

Yep, you really know how to “sustain a community”. Let’s face it,  you NOT sustaining the community is why predatory developers came to Jamaica to begin with. If the community was well taken care of and did not look like a ghetto mess, there would be no need for all of this, what will end up being complete over-development and a very crowded and congested community.

Cause from over a two week water main break on Hillside Avenue that the city took their damn good old time getting to.

FUCKING GONE……………

Elderly man’s legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

Downtown Jamaica, third world shithole. UNBELIEVABLE.

Hala Live Slaughterhouse (92-56 165th St) right in the middle of downtown Jamaica and yes those are apartment going up across from it.

Royal Waste comprises the entire blue rectangle. As can be seen thousands of homes and a park are at risk.

Practice games for terrorist. The 165 LIRR Tunnel in Downtown Jamaica.

Parked all last weekend from Friday thru Monday.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

Royal Waste, a polluting business in our community that is not following proper protocol about using truck routes instead of residential streets and leaders NOT doing a damn thing about it.

And notice this fucking truck up on the sidewalk and grass.

The state of Jamaica, Queens and eventually our country if we stay on this course.

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From The Times Ledger:

Officials gather for ground-breaking of huge Jamaica residential building

Groundbreaking celebration for The Crossing at the Jamaica Station

 

Around a hundred people came out to celebrate the ground-breaking of The Crossing, a massive 26-story residential building, at Jamaica Station Tuesday.

The two-tower development at 148-10 Archer Ave. includes 669 affordable housing units, a communal area, retail space and a 187-spot parking garage for the Downtown Jamaica area.

 This is the largest private investment in the downtown neighborhood and the construction of the 773,000 square-foot project will be completed in 2019.

Some of the people who presided over the ceremony included Greater Jamaica Development Corporation President & CEO Hope Knight, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), Councilman I. Daneek Miller, and BRP Companies Co-founder Meredith Marshall.

“This started over 4 1/2 years ago, when I met Justin [Rodgers] from the Greater Jamaica Development Gala, the night of Hurricane Sandy,” Marshall said. “Two other developers that were asked to invest rejected being a part of the project. “Why not Jamaica, why not now? This area is diverse economically, ethnically, and has everything that a developer will want.”

Marshall believes that he would not have gotten the project launched on time, within the budget, without the day-to-day work being done by Knight.

“Greater Jamaica did a new market tax credit execution using every tax credit known to man,” Marshall said.“We pushed this to the limit to make this job work.”

With additional help from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, through the vice president of Multi-Family Homes Initiatives within the New York States Homes and Community Renewal Department, $2.5 billion was secured for a five-year comprehensive plan in the 2018 budget of the state Legislature.

“Specifically here at The Crossing each year it will be provided $5 million in local housing program funding and $750,000 in annual state loans and housing funds,” said Jason Pearson, vice president of HCR.

Fighting to keep the project affordable were Meeks and Miller.

“This is the largest African-American investment in the country ever, and it’s only the beginning,” Miller said of BRP Companies and its co-founder Marshall, whose team invested $407 million into the project.

“We’ve proved that while others fled, we’ve stayed here and sustained this community,” Miller said. “There will be a reward for that. We will make sure that the next generation will have an opportunity to grow. I’m very excited for our community to see these faces and these shovels going into the ground and seeing that it comes from within.”

Together, Meeks through the federal government and Miller by securing Title 11 Fair Housing protection were able to make sure that 224 of the units will remain affordable forever.

“All in all, this signifies a great renaissance and that great things are happening in Jamaica,” said Miller.

Also aiding in this project were Goldman Sachs representative Margaret Anadu, Steve Smith and Andy Cohen of BRP, Rev. Floyd Flake of Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral, state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park), Community Board 12 Chair Adrienne Adams, and NYCHPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.

ROYAL WASTE MUST GO FROM JAMAICA – COME ON ELECTED OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS, TIME TO TOSS THIS POISONOUS AND VERY BAD THUG NEIGHBOR TO THE CURB UNLESS YOU APPROVE OF POISONING CHILDREN OF COLOR & CONDONE IT, WHICH YOU OBVIOUSLY DID WHEN YOU GAVE THE GO AHEAD FOR THE PLACEMENT ON IT IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA

Royal Waste comprises the entire blue rectangle. As can be seen thousands of homes and a park are at risk.

Polluting solid waste company, Royal Waste, dumped into a residential area, a few blocks from Downtown, thanks to elected officials.

Royal Waste, a polluting business in our community that is not following proper protocol about using truck routes instead of residential streets and leaders NOT doing a damn thing about it.

TOTALLY FUCKING ILLEGAL & DANGEROUS. Watch crossing the streets tourists. Such trucks come from Royal Waste Services.

Royal Waste sits in back of these residents spewing poison, not too mention all the noise from trucks and equipment

These large waste trucks SHOULD NOT even be allowed in this area, since they can barely turn on this street, 170th, heading to the Royal Waste dump a few blocks away.

THE BIG LIE:  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.” Excerpt from Times Ledger article, March 2, 2017. Wonder how many waste dumps are in Mike Reali’s neighborhood.

So, where are the elected officials and community leaders standing up for what is right and fighting to toss Royal Waste to the curb. Recently Councilman I. Daneek Miller and a few members from Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral and Rev. Andrew Wilkes held a “pray/protest” at Royal Waste to bring some attention to this polluting, poisonous company whose trucks have terrorized residential streets by not following the law. BUT where are Congressman Gregory Meeks, Senator Comrie, Senator Avella, Senator James Sanders, Councilman Donovan Richards, Councilman Ruben Wills, Assembly Member Alicia Hydndman, Assembly Member Vivian Cook, Assembly Member Clyde Vanel, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (she knew how to make an appearance at the Astoria Dump just the other day), Rev. Floyd Flake and his wife Elaine, all the members of Community Board 12, all of the various church leaders and other so-called community leaders like Archie Spigner,  Manny Caughman. Where were the folks from Greater Jamaica Development Corporation like President Hope Knight, how about the Jamaica BID. AND how about the wonderful Public Advocate, Letitia James, I mean this is a no brainer for her to show up for this. WHERE? You all should have been there in FULL FORCE supporting Councilman Miller.

And just exactly what has to be so fucking bad in a black community for it’s residents & it’s so-called leaders to say enough. I mean if poisoning black and other ethnic babies and children is not enough (why do you think Jamaica has the highest rated of asthma and who know what else), then black communities have no hope what-so-ever. I mean you are allowing yourselves to be poisoned.

It is bad enough black communities like Jamaica get all the shit dumped from homeless shelters to Royal Waste. BUT it is especially bad when the majority of black leaders from Jamaica turn their backs on a major problem of epic proportions that create a healthy hazard to the community, to babies, children, the elderly and the rest of us and affect our quality of life in an extremely detrimental way. FOR SHAME, but I have come to expect that in this black community. WOW, even when your own babies, children and elderly are slowly being poisoned (who knows the long term health effects from Royal Waste on this community), you still don’t stand up for what is right. And you all call yourselves Democrats and for the people. The almighty dollar seems to be getting in the way of your conscience, if some of you still even have that.

All the talk about “revitalizing Jamaica”, all the talk about the “Jamaica Now Action Plan”, all the talk about investing in Jamaica, yet this serious issue in the community with Royal Waste gets swept under the rug and by people like Katz and Comrie. Think it would have been swept under the run in Forest Hills, but then again, it would have NEVER been placed in Forest Hills.

AND where is the media in all of this. I mean this is a BIG STORY about poisoning a community (Jamaica has the highest rate of Asthma), the mob run waste industry, elected officials in bed with these folks or completely ignoring the issue as Katz does and environmental racism on the level of Flint Michigan. What elected officials and community leaders gave the okay on this, I mean, it could not just have sneaked in all by themselves, some folks had to give the green light: Comrie, Meeks, Smith, Scarborough, Flake, dead Marshall, etc, they were all around. Royal Waste/Regal Recycling contributed to dirty Councilman Reuben Wills campaign. Come on, act like you are journalists.

Hacks like Mayor deBlasio, Public Advocate Tish James, BP Melinda Katz, Congressman Leroy Comrie, Councilman Rory Lancman have all spoken in Jamaica about “undocumented immigrants” or Muslim hate crimes, YET, a MAJOR CRIME, environment racism and slowly poisoning Jamaica residents in that surrounding area of Royal Waste, which by the way include “undocumented immigrants” & Muslims, has been COMPLETELY IGNORED by all of them. When did you ever hear one of them speak out about this or Royal Waste, when did Tish James haul her ass out here and stand in her high  heeled shoes in front of Royal Waste on the broken down Douglas Avenue where pools of poisonous water are all abound. WHEN? When did a well known local media outlet do an extremely in depth  story on this and I am not talking some little one minute fluff piece on WPIX, which they did not even do that). WHEN?

So how is all of this any different from this dialogue from The Godfather (just exchange the characters to folks like DeBlasio, Katz, Comrie and the rest of the crew :

Don Zaluchi: I also don’t believe in drugs. For years I paid my people extra so they wouldn’t do that kind of business. Somebody comes to them and says, “I have powders; if you put up three, four thousand dollar investment, we can make fifty thousand distributing.” So they can’t resist. I want to control it as a business, to keep it respectable.
[slams his hand on the table and shouts]
Don Zaluchi: I don’t want it near schools! I don’t want it sold to children! That’s an infamia. In my city, we would keep the traffic in the dark people, the coloreds. They’re animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.

Let us educate ourselves on this polluting, poisonous and shady bad neighbor, ROYAL WASTE, who does not follow the rules and should have never been allowed to open such a business in a heavily residential area:

THREE WORKS DIE IN TOXIC WELL AT ROYAL WASTE IN JAMAICA:

CROOKED COUNCILMAN RUBEN WILLS TIES WITH POLLUTING ROYAL WASTE IN JAMAICA:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/indicted-queens-councilman-slams-proposal-hurts-donor-article-1.2217629

ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM WITH DUMPS LIKE ROYAL WASTE:

http://queenstribune.com/a-conversation-about-environmental-justice/

WHERE ARE ALL THE LOCAL JAMAICA ELECTED OFFICIALS, CHURCH LEADERS AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS WHEN IT COMES TO POISONOUS, POLLUTING ROYAL WASTE:

http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/march-seeks-worker-environmental-rights/article_c197b73f-2bdf-50f8-81db-ee6c44008cf1.html

ROYAL WASTE THUG VICE PRESIDENT, MIKE REALI FLAT OUT LIES ABOUT HOW THEY PRIDE THEMSELVES AND ARE INVESTED IN THE JAMAICA COMMUNITY:

http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2017/9/jamaicadump_2017_03_03_q.html

And let’s hear from some other folks about Royal Waste, including a former employer of the notorious BAD neighbor that it seems many elected officials are in bed with:

Anonymous Anonymous said…

So, the company (and family) name itself, Royal Waste, should be a visible clue for anyone who would even THINK to do business with these crooked, corrupt, Neanderthal-thug mutations.

As a former employee of this filthy company of sub-human debris (whose business offices are located inside of a trailer, on property that the Reali family owns, but refuses to build on it because of the intensely cheap matriarch’s refusal to pay property taxes on an ostensibly empty lot). During the short time that I worked for these ugly, unstable empowered idiots (all of whom are an embarrassment to actual primates!), I’ve had furniture ‘accidentally’ thrown at me, a tyrannical, incompetent family member named Tina threaten my job (for no reason), and online pornography viewed daily (and openly) by demented brother Peter Reali, because there doesn’t appear to be any government regulation within a slimy-and-sleazy, family owned trash dump that is so repulsive, that even REAL organized crime family ring goons shrug in utter disgust at the sight of these troglodytes!

But, the crowning moment of shame and danger came when one of their own workers was crushed to death by a machine operator during my first week of service, because the worker was not wearing the proper Day Glo vest while walking on the company grounds outside of the trailer offices of this toxic dump site (the least of which was toxic because of the inanimate garbage and debris).

Shortly after that, I finally took leave from that trailer from hell that is unfit for humans, passed go, collected my $200 (and unemployment insurance), and then I never looked back at the Reali den of family owned filth and openly practicing psychopathy ever again.

My recommendation to any and all sane and ethical business persons? Banish and boycott this SCOURGE before they advance to ‘accidentally’ knocking off anyone else who comes between their filthy garbage pit, and the even filthier money that continues to falsely empower this ugly empire of ignorant, arrogant, uneducated slugs!

Anonymous Anonymous said…

What’s truly sad is how the entire Reali Family behind Royal Waste (which is a nepotistic mix of father, brother and sisters, all of whom personify arrogance, entitlement, ignorance and zero education), continue to behave in ways that even animals themselves could never behave like! They all give MENDACITY a bad name!

But, anyone who would even consider doing business with a company named ROYAL WASTE, should expect nothing less than a royal waste of their time and money in the first place, not to mention having to deal with some of the mangiest (and dumbest) rats in the sewer!

 

Anonymous JQ LLC said…

You know, everywhere I look in Manhattan, towers commercial and rental, and pestilent hyper-development of unsightly new faux luxury towers, all have dumpster bins with the Royal Waste logo. This may be why they are able to get away with the shit they do since they provide a service to the perpetual money makers of the city. High end real estate.

So it’s not a surprise that all the collective feces and debris of the elites gets sent to the dirty southeast of Queens, the bastard stepchild of the borough. And why any transgressions committed by this defiantly corrupt business, from traffic violations to fatal accidents on their lot, gets ignored by our so-called officials.

And will continue. Because this city is in debt to these mendacious fiends and they know it. As well as scumlords who run clusters and stingy developers who won’t build unless they gouge the paychecks of their workers

But if it’s an abandoned lot near a trendy niche area with skyline views like Astoria cove, then it gets the attention from the hacks in elected office and their appointees.

Their discriminatory concerns cannot be more obvious.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said…

To CleanUpJamaica and JQ: Don’t expect a developer’s whore like Melinda ‘Alley’ Katz to investigate the toxic, raw sewage dump that exists on 170th Street and Douglas Avenue (a disgrace of epic proportion), when the toxic dump site itself doesn’t even smell as badly as Katz and the Reali Family scourge–COMBINED!

Hats off to CleanUpJamaica and JQ, then, for talking truth to corrupt power, not airbrushing reality and always challenging the crooked powers that insanely be! As a resident who lives only blocks away from this ‘open cancer’ above ground, I gave up on this openly practiced crime spree years ago, after making many complaints to my worthless city council creep, worthless assemblyman, worthless state senator and completely worthless representative (as they have all ignored my complaints and looked the other way with impunity–a testament to how city and state government has long ago collapsed, and completely failed to represent their completely languishing constituenty, and the reason for why crime, violence, lawlessness, vigilantism and anarchy are all on the rise–and, climbing daily by the hour!

Watch this poisonous waste facility in action, all while located across from a park and residential homes to the south and residential homes to the north on the other side of the LIRR tracks. While filming  this, the noise and the stench was unbearable. The tall building in the background in the 2nd video is that of the NYCHA senior citizen apartments, just two blocks from this environmental mess.

Time for the Jamaica corrupt kingdom to be dismantled!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g31co-I1CsI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXBeQgUOrdk

Church which more than likely was here before Royal Waste, but you would think the leader of this church would stand up for the moral and right thing.

How the fuck can this be deemed an Industrial park (the term park is a fucking joke), across the street is a REAL PARK, Detective Keith Williams Park and hundreds of homes.

 

Poisonous Royal Waste in the downtown Jamaica area which hundreds of homes surround this poison center.

UNHAPPY & ANGRY JAMAICA RESIDENTS AT DOT MEETING – WE NEED MORE FOLKS TO HELP MAKE CHANGE, A FEW CANNOT DO IT

The below photo says it all about a few Jamaica folks who are FUCKING PISSED about how Jamaica gets shit on from the Mayor & Queens BP to city agencies, like DOT, and elected officials. Forgot about the hood rats, they thrive because of the powers that be who DO SHIT and constantly DUMP SHIT in the community of Jamaica.

Doesn’t matter your ethnic background, your religion, your political affliation or if you are PC or not, we all have the same goal, TO CLEAN UP JAMAICA & FORCE THE POWERS TO BE TO DO SOMETHING and by that I don’t mean another fucking useless study on shit we already fucking know.

ORGANIZE FOLKS, GET MAD, GET VOCAL, just DO SOMETHING, unless you love living in a garbage strewn, community with poor leadership, fucking nonsense and a major poisonous polluter, Royal Waste and all their goomba fucking trucks.

ENOUGH!!!

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From Queens Press:

Frustration Boils Over at Jamaica DOT Meeting

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Photo by Trone Dowd
Constituents and community leaders told the DOT that they are not happy with the lack of immediate results to a more than year-long study. 

BY TRONE DOWD

Southeast Queens residents sick and tired of not seeing substantial results after months of studies conducted by the city Department of Transportation along Jamaica’s most congested traffic corridors made their voices loud and clear on Monday evening following a presentation of proposed short term, traffic reducing solutions for the neighborhood.

The two-hour presentation took place at the Harvest Room, located on Jamaica Avenue and 161st Street. The presentation was proposed as the latest stop gap in the long-term plan to overhaul Jamaica’s severe traffic problems that have caused lengthy backups of drivers, dangerous conditions for pedestrians and strained bus lines that run through the neighborhood. The plan has been a continuous back and forth between the community and the DOT since November 2015.

“We are here to report back to you what our studies found, and generate specific recommendations of improvement measures to address some of the challenges we see in downtown Jamaica,” DOT Deputy Director Michael Griffin said.

But what the DOT found was a number of problem sites throughout the catchment area, which included everything from Linden Boulevard to Union Turnpike and 130th Street to Farmers Boulevard. The agency looked at land use, pedestrian safety, public transit usages, traffic and more, identifying key aspects contributing to the long-standing issue. Solutions included converting 150th Street between Hillside and Archer avenues into a two-way street, installing an Access-A-Ride stop along Union Hall Street, converting 91st Ave between 146th Street and Sutphin Boulevard to an eastbound street to address congestion and a number of other small improvements.

Despite these proposals, residents who have been awaiting substantial change to the area rejected the minor upgrades that are scheduled to be implemented this summer, saying that real issues such as illegal commuter vans and mismanagement of bus routes were going completely over the heads of DOT members.

“Nowhere in [this presentation] did I see MTA mentioned,” said lifelong resident Vanessa Sparks. “It would seem to me that you can’t have a conversation about transportation without the MTA being at the table, especially since this is such a huge bus area.”

Sparks said that the dollar vans used to alleviate the demand for better bus service were “a disaster waiting to happen.” She added that, this week, she witnessed four fire trucks with alarms blaring getting stuck in Jamaica rush hour traffic.

“That is a death sentence and it is all because of the illegal dollar cars,” she said. “I think you may want to reopen this up and get some more current data that already exists and get the MTA at the table for us to do this again because this is not going to work. Short from a miracle from God, this is not going to work.”

Michelle Keller, who is the transportation chairwoman of Community Board 12, said that she was disheartened by Saturday’s presentation.

“Other than six or seven new slides, this is the same presentation that you showed us in December and February,” Keller told the DOT. “I’m not seeing any resolutions. I thought I would hear something about pedestrian plazas. You’re studying this thing to death and you’re singing to the choir. You came to myself, the chairwoman and the district manager [of CB 12] when we asked to meet with you and the commissioner and I still don’t see a comprehensive plan. We don’t even have renderings of what Downtown Jamaica would look like after these changes you’re talking about.

CB 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick and CB 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams, who both attended the presentation, said that they stood united with constituents and fellow board members.

Another constituent brought up Royal Waste, a waste plant in Jamaica that processes approximately one-fourth of all the trash in the city, and said that its trucks that are often seen traveling the streets of Southeast Queens damage roads, cause pollution and block roadways.

“Trucks are a big disaster in this area,” said community activist and resident Joe Moretti, who added that he was flabbergasted that the DOT hadn’t identified the kind of issues that most residents see every day on their daily commutes. “That horrible neighbor we have, Royal Waste. I don’t know what idiot allowed that place to be put there, but it should have never been put in a downtown area right near residential. Until that place disappears, we will continue to have a truck problem.”

Councilman Miller ensured constituents that he would get the MTA to come to Downtown Jamaica to discuss transportation reform in greater detail sometime in the near future.

Councilman Miller ensured constituents that he would get the MTA to come to Downtown Jamaica to discuss transportation reform in greater detail sometime in the near future.

Three weeks ago, the Press of Southeast Queens reported that Royal Waste has been ruining the quality of life for nearby residents along Liberty Avenue, which is a longstanding issue that local leaders and elected officials alike have been combating.

“DOT and local law enforcement need to address that local truck situation,” Moretti continued. “Why you would have Merrick Boulevard and 168th as a truck route is beyond comprehension. Would you see a street in Forest Hills in their little downtown section have trucks going through it? Everything gets dumped on in this neighborhood.”

Moretti was just one of many residents who brought up longstanding issues that were not mentioned in the DOT’s study. Others expressed frustration with the lack of involvement from the MTA during the meetings. Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) told frustrated constituents that he would make sure that the MTA meets with residents in the near future, so that they can hear the qualms directly from commuters.

Griffin ensured the Press of Southeast Queens that the comments made during Monday’s meeting would make its way back to the DOT’s office for consideration. He also said that while he understands that residents are frustrated, they should understand that these short-term goals are meant to set the groundwork for bigger changes to come once the long-term study is completed.

“They seem to be most frustrated with transit,” he said. “They may not be getting the best out of us as a result.”

As of this writing, the DOT is looking to start making short-term changes this summer and long-term changes that involve construction projects and manpower well into 2026.

BAD ROYAL WASTE: JAMAICA’S OWN VERSION OF FLINT MICHIGAN – BAD NEIGHBOR ROYAL WASTE SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF RESIDENTIAL AREA SLOWLY POISONING THIS COMMUNITY AND HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO CONTINUE FOR YEARS – TIME TO TOSS THIS NEIGHBOR OUT FOR GOOD

Royal Waste Disaster at the 170th Street/Douglas location where 3 workers were killed by toxic chemicals in 2009

Royal Waste Disaster at the 170th Street/Douglas location where 3 workers were killed by toxic chemicals in 2009

Royal Waste

Royal Waste

This story is worth reporting again, because knowing how things go, it will be pushed back to the shadows and forgotten about.  Royal Waste has been slowly poisoning nearby residents since they were given a go-ahead (BY WHO???) years ago to be placed smack in the middle of a residential area, near hundreds of homes with children and elderly, a NYCHA Senior Citizen Apartment building and Detective Kieth Williams Park, where familes, children and young play.CAN you imagine this to be allowed in FOREST HILLS, yet I have NOT heard one word from Queens BP Melinda Katz or her predecessor Helen Marshal and not one word from the long time elected officials, Leroy Comrie, who was around when this was given the go-ahead. SPEAK COMRIE, SPEAK. AND where are you media folks from THE DAILY NEWS or what about you COLOR OF COMMUNITY, this should be the top story on your front page.

Royal Waste with it’s awful stench, which I have smelled riding my bike near all the homes by it on 93rd this past summer, all the noise with 24/7 trucks and all the toxins and pollutants being put in the air and in the ground. This place should have never been placed in such close proximity to residents. It belongs in an industrial area from from residents. SHAME on those elected officials who signed off on this over a decade ago. WHO ARE YOU?

Kudos though to Councilman Miller for helping to shine a spotlight on this Jamaica version of Flint Michigan. ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM.

Polluting solid waste company, Royal Waste, dumped into a residential area, a few blocks from Downtown, thanks to elected officials.

Polluting solid waste company, Royal Waste, dumped into a residential area, a few blocks from Downtown, thanks to elected officials.

Royal Waste comprises the entire blue rectangle. As can be seen thousands of homes and a park are at risk.

Royal Waste comprises the entire blue rectangle. As can be seen thousands of homes and a park are at risk.

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From Queens Press:

Stop The Stench In Jamaica

Something stinks in Jamaica—literally.

Residents living near Liberty Avenue have long been complaining that a garbage processing plant operated by Royal Waste Services Inc. has damaged their quality of life.

The plant, which is located on 168-56 Douglas Ave., and two other plants in the Bronx and Brooklyn process three-quarters of the city’s trash. Homeowners near the site have said that the plant produces unbearable smells, its trucks are loud and tear up streets in the community and air pollution from the site is in close proximity to a heavily utilized park.

Neighbors of the plant have called on Royal Waste to be a better neighbor and we agree with them. There’s no good reason why residents should be forced to keep their windows shut during the summer, when the smells from the plant worsen, or be chased away from a local park due to bad odors.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he wants to transition waste disposal to a more manageable “zoned system” in which neighborhoods would only handle their own trash. A good place to start would be Jamaica, where one Liberty Avenue resident told the Press of Southeast Queens that the smell from Royal Waste often keeps her awake at night.

Obviously, a city as large as New York City will produce a significant amount of garbage and that trash must be processed somewhere. But a single community should not be bearing the brunt of it. If Royal Waste continues to process garbage in Southeast Queens, it should find a way to curb the stench plaguing its neighbors. If not, then the city needs to move forward with a plan to evenly dispose of trash throughout the five boroughs, instead of polluting communities of color.

 

From Queens Chronicle:

March seeks worker, environmental rights

Douglas Avenue in Jamaica hosts a number of trash-related operations

 

Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2017 10:30 am

Jamaica Industrial Park’s evolving landscape of waste transfer stations along Douglas Avenue in Jamaica is frustrating local residents and safety workers through its daily sanitation routine.

In the past, “if you came within a mile of this place here, all you would smell is Wonder Bread, because this was the Wonder Bread factory, but now, all you smell is garbage,” Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) told a group on Liberty Avenue last Saturday.

Miller and about 40 people upset with the operations first gathered near Det. Keith L. Williams Park, which often is downwind from the numerous trash haulers and transfer stations one block north on both sides of Douglas Avenue. Miller said it is an ongoing fight for the workers at and the residents around the trash operations.

“It’s an issue of waste transfer equity,” said Miller, who is a co-sponsor of Intro 495-A, a bill to reduce permitted capacity at waste transfer stations in overburdened districts.

The issue of noxious odors, high-volume truck traffic, damaged roads and waste transfer stations are depleting the quality of life for residents including many young children.

“There is no reason why three of four communities in the City of New York are responsible for 75 percent of the garbage,” said Miller.

“Southeast will continue to do its fair share to make this city better, but we will not do more than our fair share,” said Miller. “This is a community of home ownership and the two cannot mutually exist to the point where it continues to grow.”

Miller’s talk was followed with a prayer led by the Rev. Andrew Wilkes of the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York.

Wilkes emphasized environmental, ecological and workers’ safety just a few hundred yards from Royal Waste, which is in close proximity to residential homes and the site of truck-damaged streets. Part of the group eventually marched to and gathered on Douglas near the company’s premises.

Royal officials could not be reached for comment.

The street damage from high truck traffic has left Douglas Avenue plagued with leachate — contaminated water that has passed through matter or suspended solids. That has caused Douglas Avenue to reek with a foul odor.

Carl Orlando, a worker with Safety Group, a construction safety company, said that Douglas Avenue used to be a “normal street,” but that changed due to high truck traffic.

“I worked for seven different companies in the last four years and I’ve never been paid overtime, and the trucks are not safe,” Orlando said.

Miller said workers in the industry, many of them immigrants, tell him and his staff of serious job-related injuries that they suffer. In 2009, three workers from a sewage company hired by Royal were killed when they were overcome by fumes while clearing a drain.

“I do appreciate them speaking about reducing truck traffic, but I want to see mandatory safety training,” Orlando said.

Adjacent to Royal, Richard Brown, an auto body shop manager, said he also wishes the streets would be fixed.

“I don’t know about the dump — but I know the road is terrible,” Brown said.

“I park my personal car around six blocks [over]; I never bring my personal car on this block,” he added.

From Queens Press:

Jamaica Residents Protest Foul-Smelling Waste Plant

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BY TRONE DOWD

The stench coming from a garbage processing plant controlled by Royal Waste has all but destroyed the quality of life for some residents along Liberty Avenue in Jamaica, inciting action from upset elected officials, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and congregants of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral.

Members of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral Church in Jamaica joined city environmentalists to conduct a tour of the Royal Waste Service’s processing plant. Photos by Trone Dowd

Members of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral Church in Jamaica joined city environmentalists to conduct a tour of the Royal Waste Service’s processing plant.
Photos by Trone Dowd

Last Saturday, those who have firsthand experience living next to one of three processing plants stood united for a “pray-in” at Detective Keith L. Williams Park, calling out Royal Waste for its disregard for the nearby residential area. According to residents, the company has been a consistently bad neighbor to this quiet portion of Jamaica, thanks to unbearable odors that worsen during the summer, loud trucks that have been tearing up local roadways and air pollution in dangerous proximity to the busy park.

The plant, located 168-56 Douglas Ave., is one of three waste transfer stations in the five boroughs. The Jamaica plant, together with the other two located in North Brooklyn and South Bronx, process three-quarters of the city’s trash. This accounts for 745 tons per day, equivalent to 270,000 tons a year, all coincidentally in communities of color.

Toxic runoff known as “leachate,” as seen here, comes from trucks that transfer garbage from the city to the processing station in Jamaica. Eddie Bautista of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance strongly advised people to wash their shoes before stepping foot in their homes to keep from tracking the harmful chemicals around the house.

Toxic runoff known as “leachate,” as seen here, comes from trucks that transfer garbage from the city to the processing station in Jamaica. Eddie Bautista of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance strongly advised people to wash their shoes before stepping foot in their homes to keep from tracking the harmful chemicals around the house.

A Jamaica resident who goes by the name of Lancaster moved into the neighborhood five years ago. He told the Press of Southeast Queens that he is often regretful that he purchased a house in this part of Jamaica due to the smell that gets pushed towards nearby homes.

“I wish I would have known,” Lancaster said.

He explained that the stench is not always present, as evident when he was mulling over the purchase. Impressed by the neighborhood’s aesthetics and closeness to both a park and school, the effect that the disposal has on the air was a complete surprise to him.

“When I have barbecues, I have to pray that the smell isn’t too bad,” Lancaster said.

“Imagine trying to explain that to guests.”

Lancaster said that he and many other residents are forced to keep all of their windows closed to avoid the stench from seeping into their homes.

Crystal Ervin, a resident and environmental justice advocate, said that she has been awakened in the middle of the night by the stench.

“I have been fighting this battle for my South Jamaica neighborhood for 17 years,” she said. “It’s a constant fight. This impacts so many people and we need the city to ensure the physical and environmental safety of the community. It’s not just the stench, it’s our health at stake.”

The fight to make garbage distribution more equitable throughout the five boroughs has raged on for years.

During a tour of the nearby facility organized by Greater Allen A.M.E.’s Rev. Andrew Wilkes, toxic runoff known as “leachate” could be seen pooling up on the grounds near the five-block industrial stretch. Protesters and environmental activists from Brooklyn, Southeast Queens and the Bronx complained throughout the tour, called the stench unbearable and reiterated that the odor only worsens in the summer.

“This is not simply an issue of environmental justice, it has political dimensions,” Wilkes said. “This has moral and spiritual underpinnings. We should be able to enjoy an environment without having to worry about our lungs being polluted. We want to uplift any and all solutions to this problem.”

City leaders have been looking into measures to smoothly transition away from overburdening small communities with a majority of the city’s garbage. In 2014, legislation was introduced by the City Council to enforce garbage processing equity. Councilmen Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Danny Dromm (D-Jaskson Heights), Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) all co-sponsored the action.

“One community should not be responsible for handling such a large proportion of the city’s waste,” Miller said. “Residents in Southeast Queens continue to face unsafe and unhealthy conditions because of the many waste transfer stations near our parks, homes and schools, and we need a fair share policy that relieves us of this burden.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has also said that he wants to transition waste disposal to a more manageable zone system, making neighborhoods handle their own trash and not others. He has not made any effort to make this a reality.

There have been concerns about the safety of sanitation workers at the site for about a decade. In 2009, three workers with the S. Dahan Sewer Specialist company were killed by noxious fumes at the Jamaica waste plant after being hired by Royal to unclog a pipe at the bottom of the drywell.

“These businesses also don’t follow the labor practices that are necessary to keep these workers safe or give them the opportunity to support their families with fair wages,” Miller said.

Despite these incidents, however, Royal says that it has the community’s interests in mind every step of the way. In fact, Royal Vice President Mike Reaki responded to claims that the stench has lowered the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods.

“Royal Waste is from and for the community,” Reaki said. “Our owners and our staff are also from this community. Ninety-five percent of our staff live locally in the community. We provide high paying, high quality union jobs with full benefits and we often hire New Yorkers who face barriers to employment. Royal Waste is tremendously invested in the well-being and vitality of the community that we call home. We operate a facility according to all regulations set forth by city, state and federal regulators. We pride ourselves on the continuous raising and improving our safety and environmental standards.”

From Queens Times Ledger:

Queens leaders hold a ‘pray in’ at Jamaica dump

Jamaica residents hold hands at a “pray in” protesting the local 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 demonstrators claimed it was unfair that they were subjected to terrible smells and unclean air. They said low-income communities of color bear the burden of housing dumps and that workers at Royal Waste, most of whom live in the community, are treated unfairly.

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.