Demand #NYCBudgetJustice from the Mayor and City Council

June 18, 2020

Our city faces interrelated crises from COVID-19, mass unemployment, and continued systemic racism. Take action with NYLPI and our allies and call on our Council Members and Mayor to deliver budget justice – reallocating part of the ballooning NYPD budget to invest in core services for communities instead.  Email the Mayor, your Council Member, and members of the City Council Budget Negotiating Team to shift at least $1 billion from the enormous NYPD budget to the social services, environmental, education, and health programs that our City needs now more than ever.



City reduces waste capacity after NYLPI-backed legislation and lawsuit to clean up transfer station

December 20, 2019

Empowered by a waste equity law (Local Law 152 of 2018) passed in 2018 with the support of NYLPI’s coalition, the NYC Department of Sanitation has reduced the permitted waste capacity for three transfer stations in Brooklyn.  In 2017, NYLPI sued one of …



Court dismisses industry challenge to our hard-won waste equity law

October 7, 2019

We are delighted to have scored a major new court victory for overburdened communities as they stand up to overburdening by the city’s waste truck traffic and tonnage. Citing extensively from NYLPI’s April legal brief on the subject, a New York court o …



A “people-powered initiative”: The history of waste equity policy in New York

July 31, 2019

Our pop-up social justice museum was packed tonight for a discussion about using innovative policy solutions to advance the goals of sustainability and equity in New York. You can watch video of the discussion here. NYLPI’s Senior Attorney for Environm …



NYLPI Gives Oral Argument to Defend New York City’s waste equity law

June 25, 2019

NYLPI Senior Attorney for Environmental Justice Melissa Iachan delivered oral argument in New York County Supreme Court today, to help defend New York City’s waste equity law, passed in the summer of 2018 to address the overburdening of communities wit …



NYLPI Speaks At Packed #RenewableRikers Event With @AOC

June 7, 2019

Environmental Justice Program Director Rachel Spector spoke this week at a panel hosted by Astoria/Queens City Councilmember Costa Constantinides to envision a Rikers Island with solar panels, composting facilities and 21st century infrastructure in pl …



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