Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling upon City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the City Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, and local Council members to block Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to assess a fee for garbage pick-up against religious institutions and nonprofit organizations beginning in July 2012. The City has said such a measure would generate $17.2 million a year in new revenue.

“This is a move which would disproportionately affect Orthodox Jewish communities throughout New York City, be they in Boro Park, Flatbush, Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Kew Garden Hills or even Far Rockaway,” said Hikind. “At a time when so many of our yeshivos cannot even make payroll and our shuls cannot meet their overhead expenses, this is nothing short of an outrage.”

In a letter to Speaker Quinn and Council members, Hikind wrote in part, “The City’s budget should not be balanced on the backs of our religious and nonprofit groups which can least afford to pay yet another oppressive tax. While this plan is still in an exploratory phase, I urge you in the strongest possible terms to make your opposition to this ill-conceived scheme known to the Mayor.”

“The bottom line is that the City needs to stop dumping on our community,” noted Hikind. “We’ve already taken a huge hit with cuts to priority 5 and 7 vouchers. It seems like just when our community is recovering from the last wallop, we find ourselves reeling again. This plan is wholly unacceptable, plain and simple. The City Council should put this proposal in the trash, where it belongs.”

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