Diaz looks to past to end solid waste


SWAB is back in what seems to be a parting “gift” of sorts from Ruben Diaz Jr.

The Bronx borough president is reconstituting the Bronx Solid Waste Advisory Board as a way to promote the city’s goal of “zero waste” by 2030 through environmental advocacy.

Its executive team is made up of appointees from each community board as well as city council representatives and additional “significant stakeholders” in the borough.

“We are at a critical point in addressing climate change and irreversible environmental issues,” Diaz said, in a release. “I look forward to working alongside our dedicated advisory board and volunteers who have incorporated environmental justice and sustainability issues across all facets of their daily lives.”


NYPD enlists help to curb hate crimes

New York Police Department commissioner Dermot Shea has put together a new hate crime review panel he says will help investigators determine what crimes in the city may have been motivated by hate.

Their work will determine if actual or perceived race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual orientation were motivating factors in possible hate crimes.

Panel members include Devorah Halberstam, executive director of the Jewish Children’s Museum as well as Fred Teng, president of the America China Public Affairs Institute, among others.