A third of what New Yorkers throw in the garbage is food scraps, according to the city, which looked to curbside composting to help meet its zero waste by 2030 goal. But that program was halted at the beginning of the pandemic. Now, efforts are underway to bring it back.
Service will start up again next month in the part of the city covered by Brooklyn Community Board 6, but other neighborhoods have been learning recently that they will not receive the service initially. And the program remains voluntary and dependent on people opting in.
New York City's Sanitation Commissioner Edward Grayson joined WNYC's Morning Edition host Michael Hill to talk about the current state of the program, how to get your large building on board, and how to get to zero waste in nine years without a mandatory composting program.
New York City's Public School Vaccination Mandate Remains In Limbo
Monday was supposed to be the deadline for all workers in New York City public schools to get a COVID-19 shot. But once again, that's on pause. On Friday, a federal judge issued a temporary block on a vaccine mandate for public school employees, meaning those who still haven't gotten at least one dose of a COVID vaccine can remain at work as long as they get tested for the coronavirus every week.
WNYC's education reporter, Jessica Gould, joined Morning Edition host Michael Hill to discuss the latest on public schools' pandemic prevention policies. For the full conversation, click "Listen".
Judge Places Another Hold on Vaccine Mandate for NYC Educators
The deadline for New York City public school staff to get their first dose of the COVID vaccine was supposed to be by the end of Monday, September 27th. But the mandate is on hold as the city faces a new legal challenge.
A group of educators sued the city over the vaccine requirement, saying it violates due process, and a federal judge issued a temporary injunction on Friday. This is the second hold placed on the mandate in recent weeks: A state supreme court judge also issued a restraining order following a separate challenge by unions, but lifted it last week.
Officials say they're optimistic that the mandate will go into effect soon. Until then, school employees who are not vaccinated must get tested weekly. The education department says 82 percent of school staff have received at least one COVID shot, and the percentage of vaccinated teachers is higher, at about 88 percent.
New York Senate to Grill MTA Officials on Billions in Federal Relief Aid It's Received
For over a year and a half during the pandemic, the MTA saw fare revenues plummet. For months, the agency was losing $200 million dollars a week. Relief bills signed last winter and last spring, ensure the agency will get more than $10 billion in support.
New York’s Senate is holding a hearing Wednesday to make sure that money isn’t squandered and that it’s being spent in ways that improve mass transit.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says New York’s economic recovery depends on it.
While the MTA has seen record-high ridership recently, it’s still only about half of what it was before the pandemic.