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...