Thursday, December 29, 2011

Greetings OUTRAGE Members,

We want to wish you and your family happy holidays!

2011 was a very successful year for OUTRAGE as we released our Truck Traffic-Air Quality Survey and held a press event that brought media attention to the Garbage Equity issue.

Our fight for a more safe and clean environment continues! But for now, is time to celebrate! We want to invite you to our first 2012 OUTRAGE Meeting and Potluck.

Come and help us celebrate of hard work in 2011 and help us plan for campaigns and activities for 2012.

What: OUTRAGE Potluck and Meeting
When: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: Monsignor Vetro Apartments, 320 Devoe St , Brooklyn, NY, 11211

This event will be a potluck, if you want to bring something to share with your neighbors.

We are suggesting people to bring: main dishes(meat and vegetarian), side dishes, and desserts. Let us know what you would like to bring as soon as possible. You can contact Courtney Renken at 718-388-2233 ext. 124 or for more information. We look forward to meeting and eating with you all!

Monday, December 12, 2011

New York Times reports "Woman Killed by Sanitation Truck in Brooklyn" on Dec 7th

OUTRAGE is concerned with the increased volume of trucks in North Brooklyn for a number of reasons (health, environmental, safety, etc). The illegal routes and parking that these waste and commercial trucks practice in our neighborhoods is threatening the quality of life (and the lives) of our community members. The increases in truck traffic-related deaths should be a wake-up call for us all. We have a safety issue on our hands that can only be curtailed by pressuring the City of New York to enforce truck traffic and reduce the burden of waste transfer in our neighborhoods. Here is the article:

Woman Is Fatally Struck by a Sanitation Truck in Brooklyn

A sanitation truck struck and killed a woman on Wednesday night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the police said. No crime was suspected, they said.

Officers responded to a 911 call shortly after 7 p.m., officials said, and found the woman unconscious near the intersection of Broadway and Driggs Avenue. The victim was pronounced dead at Woodhull Medical Center.

The police identified the woman as Katherine Yun, 25, of Syosset, on Long Island. Officials said that a preliminary investigation showed that Ms. Yun was walking north across Broadway near Driggs Avenue when she was struck by the truck, which was traveling east on Broadway.

Kathy Dawkins, a spokeswoman for the Sanitation Department, said that the workers in the truck were on duty.

“The incident is under investigation,” she added.

Ms. Dawkins said that the truck was being driven by Hushai Finnell, 32, who has worked for the agency since 2004.

Police officials said they would continue to look into the accident.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

OUTRAGE at Community Board 1

Last night, Michael Hofmann of OUTRAGE presented a proposal to create a Waste and Truck Traffic Enforcement Task Force along with a letter to the Community Board 1. 

The letter emphasized the need for enforcement of illegal truck traffic and parking that harms the safety and health of our neighborhoods. The proposed task force calls for the inclusion of representatives from Community Board 1, Elected Officials, OUTRAGE, Representatives from the Police Department (90 and 94 Police Precinct), NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Sanitation, and a representative from one of the Waste Transfer Stations. It also declares that the Community Board should send a formal request to the City of New York Departments of Sanitation (NYDOS), Transportation (NYDOT), Police (NYPD), and Elected Officials to assign a representative to participate in this task force. 

Unfortunately, those who could have made a motion to support the proposal were not able to be present. We will have to make the request again for the task force at the next Transportation Committee meeting or Community Board meeting. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Hit & Run in Williamsburg... One More Reason for Truck Traffic Regulations

One very important reason for OUTRAGE's struggle to reduce garbage and commercial truck traffic is for the physical safety of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint community. Between 2000 to 2009, more people were killed by traffic related incidences than murdered by guns alone in New York City. The hit and run of a 90 year old man by a truck is not the first in recent months. Remember Matthew Lefevre, also killed in a hit and run by a truck. Not one more truck related death should occur in Williamsburg...

Monday, November 28, 2011

November 17th OUTRAGE Press Event is a Success!

On November 17th, OUTRAGE held a press conference surrounding the release of the Truck Traffic and Air Quality Study to the public. OUTRAGE, community members, city-wide coalitions, elected officials, parents and their children showed up in numbers outside of PS 132 on a cold afternoon to voice their concerns over the burden their neighborhoods face with truck traffic and poor air quality. The press was there to document the release of the report and have continued to follow up with coverage of OUTRAGE since the event. Here is a number of articles written about the study and the event:

And here are some photos taken by OUTRAGE member, David Dobosz:

Thank you everyone for your support and turn out!

Community Activists Rally Against Truck Traffic In Brooklyn -

Community Activists Rally Against Truck Traffic In Brooklyn -

2009-2010 OUTRAGE Truck Traffic and Air Quality Study Released to the Public on November 17th


Truck Traffic & Air Quality Project Final Report

In 2009, OUTRAGE designed and facilitated a community based study on truck traffic and air quality to compare the results with a previous OUTRAGE study in 2004. The 2009 Study addressed two simple questions: 1- Is the traffic in our community improving or getting worse? And, 2- What is in the air every time that we have trucks driving by our streets?

·     The Williamsburg and Greenpoint communities contain the highest concentration of waste transfer stations in any given neighborhood and process almost 40% of New York City’s waste

·     In 2006, OUTRAGE and other community organizations pressured the City of New York to approve the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP), proposing to minimize the impact of truck traffic. It also calls for the fair distribution of waste transfer stations across NYC and the opening of marine transfer stations in Manhattan by 2013

·     OUTRAGE and community members are concerned that the City has not moved on the plan quickly enough to reduce truck traffic in our neighborhoods and that the health and safety of our community members, especially children and senior citizens, can not afford to wait any longer. 

·     The study demonstrated that 50% of the trucks passing the intersections were waste trucks.

·     The study showed an average of two trucks per minute passing the surveyed intersections, a sharp increase from 2004 survey. In the case of Greenpoint- McGuinness Ave, shows an increase from 20 trucks per 1 hour in the fall of 2004 to 80 trucks per 1 hour in the fall of 2009


·     In March 2010, OUTRAGE conducted an Air Screening- Sampling, utilizing a device that measures the concentration of small particles in the air (from .3 to 5.00 microns). To give you an idea of the size of a micron, a human hair is between 40 to 120 microns in diameter.

·     On average, particle counts increased 355% when truck traffic was present on community streets during weekdays compared to Sundays, (Waste Transfer Stations are closed during weekends, therefore, there is a dramatic decrease in commercial truck traffic on our streets during this time).

·     The air sampling finds that the count of smaller-diameter particles (0.5 micron) increases dramatically (by 1017% on average) during weekdays. 


·     This is alarming considering that smaller-sized particles in the air pose a greater risk to human health as they have greater potential to penetrate deeper into lungs. These particles are found in highest concentrations in the areas where people live, work and play. 

·     The study has conclusively shown a cause and effect relationship between increased waste disposal and other diesel-truck traffic and the increase of small air particles count in our streets.

You can help to improve the quality of living in our community today:

o   Join OUTRAGE improving the air quality and traffic safety in our community!

o   Ask the City of New York to fulfill their promise to Stop Dumping Garbage on our Community and move towards fair distribution of waste transfer stations across NYC!

o   Improve and respect the health and safety of our seniors & children by reducing the number of commercial garbage trucks in our streets!

For more information on OUTRAGE and how you can get involved, please call Courtney Renken at 718-388-2233 ext 124 or email