Noise Survey

Dear Resident:

The New York State Comptroller’s Office is conducting a survey on noise in New York City neighborhoods and would like you to take the survey.

You can access the survey through the below links.

They want to learn about your experience of noise in your community and solicit your ideas for reducing noise.

Toward that end, we are asking all community residents take the survey by March 15, 2016.

Thank you!

Survey Links:





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Removal of impacted soil

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) permit for the construction of the Southwest Brooklyn Marine Transfer Station requires the excavation and removal of site soil. After conducting NYSDEC‐  approved comprehensive soil testing of the project site, a limited area was found to contain slightly elevated levels of lead ‐ a not uncommon condition on an industrial site in New York City.  
The leaded soil will be excavated and removed from the site by trained workers on two Sundays, December 6 and December 13, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. pursuant to excavation and removal procedures approved by NYSDEC. Sundays were chosen so that this work would have the least impact on neighboring properties. The soil to be removed, about 20 truckloads, represents only 3% of the soil removed from the site to date (about 530 truckloads).

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NY State Electronic Waste Disposal Ban Starts Jan 1st

New York State Electronic Waste Disposal Ban Starts January 1st

Starting January 1, 2015, a state law will make it illegal for New Yorkers to discard most electronics in the trash. Sanitation Workers will no longer collect electronics left at curbside, and the resident may receive a summons.

The electronics covered by this New York State law include computers and their peripherals, televisions, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, printers/scanners, video game consoles, MP3 players, tablets, and small servers. The law does not include appliances, batteries, or light bulbs.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, electronics are the fastest growing category of solid waste in the United States. In addition, electronics contain both valuable and harmful materials, so it is important that they are responsibly recycled.
“This new law will help keep electronics, and their potentially harmful components, out of our waste stream,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “By recycling electronics, New Yorkers can help decrease disposal costs and protect the environment.”

There are many FREE, convenient options to properly recycle your unwanted electronics:

  • DSNY’s e-cycleNYC program.
    Apartment buildings with more than 10 units can enroll for this free and convenient pickup service. In e-cycleNYC’s first year, the program enrolled over 400 apartment buildings in all five boroughs and recycled 255,000 pounds of e-waste.
  • Retail drop-off programs.
    There are more than 90 locations where you can drop off electronics (no purchase required), including any Goodwill, Salvation Army, Best Buy, Staples (no TVs), or the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse.
  • Free mail-back programs.
    Check your brand’s website for details.
  • Electronics recycling events.
    Bring to drop-off events run by organizations such as the Lower East Side Ecology Center, or the Department of Sanitation’s SAFE Disposal Events.
  • Donate or sell working electronics.
    Visit to find a place to buy, sell, or donate electronics.

For a complete list of covered electronics and recycling options, visit

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Health Department Warns Patrons of Seafood Markets in Chinatowns about Skin Infections

Health Department Warns Patrons of Seafood Markets in Chinatowns about Skin Infections From Handling Live or Raw Fish or Seafood

People who handle live or raw fish or seafood from markets in Chinatowns are urged to wear waterproof gloves when preparing these items and seek medical care if they have red, tender bumps on their hands or arms.

Full press release:


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