Hikind Decries City’s Proposal To Charge Religious Institutions For Garbage Pickups

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.”

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