Well, it should be interesting around here come this summer, that’s for sure, with a new Commissioner, something we haven’t seen around here for a long time.

Welcome to Commissioner Garcia. She is going to have her hands full.

Good Luck and God Speed.

Mayor Bill de Blasio appoints Kathryn Garcia as the city's Department of Sanitation Commissioner

Some problems she will inherit are:

  • Shortage of Supervisors(Retention and Moral)
  • Contracts
  • 91th Street MTS
  • Expanding Recycling
  • Discrimination lawsuit(Supervisors)

We all at DSNY wish you a long and healthy life.

John J. Doherty

Thank You Commissioner Doherty


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August Cocuzza and Jay VisoneHi everyone, just around the corner from us very close family friends were affected by a devastating fire, they lost everything and can only replenish a few little items. If there’s anything that you can donate to help it would be greatly appreciated. Please help us help them.

Brother helping Brother


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Over the next two years three public-TV journalists will be working full time on a multimedia project labeled “The Pension Peril.” It will tell the story of the nation’s public-pension shortfall. You can gain a heads-up on it here: http://goo.gl/KChTJ6.  Michigan’s second-highest court, the Court of Appeals, has decided the legislature has the right to change the pension formula for those still working. The court ruled that the accrued (past service) pension benefit could not be reduced/modified/diminished but the Legislature does have the right to reduce/modify/diminish the pension formula for service to be rendered in the future, i.e.; for years beginning after December 31, 2012, the effective date of the new law.  Since 1945, the pension formula had been 1.5 percent x years of service x final average salary = pension. For each year of service rendered after Dec. 31, 2012 the worker will be entitled to the same formula provided he/she contributes an additional 4.0 percent of salary. If the worker refuses to contribute the additional 4.0 percent, the 1.5 percent is reduced to 1.25 percent. The court has ruled that this change is permitted under the Contract Clauses of the Michigan and Federal Constitutions because such clauses only prohibit the accrued benefit from being reduced/modified/diminished.  In the same case, the court ruled that retiree health benefits are not protected under the contract clauses of the Michigan and Federal Constitutions and can be changed, from time to time, by the legislature. The Mercatus Center of George Mason University released a working paper ranking the fiscal condition of the 50 states. This working paper is one of the most exhaustive studies undertaken on the issue of fiscal soundness. Here is the link to the paper: http://goo.gl/WBqvov. The bottom 10 states in the ranking are: New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, California, New York, Maryland, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky. Strongly consider making the maximum contribution to the Deferred Compensation Roth 457(b) Plan of the City of New York.  (The maximum 2014 contribution for one older than 50 is $23,000. The same maximum applies to the Deferred Compensation Roth 401(k) Plan. Your combined maximum is $46,000. Invest all you can for each of the next dozen years.) ~ Joel Frank      Skeetlebutt      

From Snow to Hay Fever :/

Hay Fever

  • Avoid inhaling molds or pollen when you’re outside.
  • You should wear a mask during outdoor activities like gardening.
  • Dry your laundry inside or use a dryer.
  • Use an air conditioner when you’re in the house or car instead of opening windows.
  • Stay indoors during windy days.
  • Keep pets outside or out of your bedroom.
  • Give your pets baths every week and use wipes created to reduce pet dander.
  • Wash hands when coming inside.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Avoid, if you can, grooming nose hairs when it’s a high pollen day.
  • Avoid touching face with your hands.

8-4 shift

Hump Day

Did you know?

teddy roosevelt

Mayor William Lafayette Strong original choice for the position of Commissioner—future president Theodore Roosevelt—turned the job down in favor of the higher-profile post of police commissioner. (Founded in 1881, the Department of Street Cleaning was the precursor of the New York City Department of Sanitation, now the largest of its kind in the world.

Mark Kelly

It’s important to bring things back from the Space Station because,
unlike somebody living at the house where the garbage
truck comes by twice a week,
they don’t have that in space.

Mark Kelly


Reminder: 911

Although the primary deadline for filing a claim with VCF was Oct. 3, 2013, there are certain items that extend the dates to as late as Oct. 3, 2016 … For more information go to http://www.vcf.gov/

Congrats to New Commissioner Garcia and Thank You to Commissioner Doherty.

May you both live long and prosper.


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