Friday, June 17, 2005

Yassky and the G8

As we posted yesterday, David Yassky is looking to broker a compromise between the mayor and the Speaker on the SWMP and siting issues. The Sun story by Jill Gardiner seemed to imply that Yassky’s role might be undermining the Speaker’s own efforts to override the mayor. The councilmember denies this and claims that his intervention is designed to help the Speaker. A great deal remains unclear in all of this.

What we do know, however, is that Yassky gets it on commercial waste and sees clearly just how the mayor’s SWMP fails in its attempt to grapple with this issue. We’re also hoping that he uses his intermediary position to promote waste disposers for the neighborhood food stores. The Council’s 14 page alternative talks about mandatory commercial recycling but we’ve said all along that allowing grinders will achieve the recycling goals in the private sector without any mandatory legislative initiative.