The Environment & Sanitation Committee

Monitors the impact of local environmental projects and its impact on the local community. Additionally, this committee reviews sanitation policy, enforcement, and quality of life issues.

Helene Hartman-Kutnowksy
Committee Chair

Committee Members
Betty Arce
Stanley Richards
SM Mahmood
Cynthia O’Neal-Riley
Gwen Thomas Steed
Alfred Grant

More Queens neighborhoods will get organics curbside collection service this fall! Residents in Queens Community Boards 2, 7, 8, 9 and 14 will soon be able to leave their food scraps and yard waste at the curb for recycling.

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June 13, 2017:  DDC delivered an impressive PowerPoint Presentation regarding the Croton Filtration Plant Signage Proposal to Committee members.  The Architects of the proposal clarified what the proposed signage will entail and reviewed what the entire Plant and golf course range with an amphitheater would look by 2020 for the public to enjoy.  Our youth and schools will be able to learn about the wet lands with their scientific knowledge posted.


  • The Croton Water Filtration Plant Project Quarterly Notice
    The Croton System has been offline since December 2008, and DEP continued the required circulation of the brochure through October 15, 2009. With the approval of NYSDOH, DEP will discontinue the distribution of the Croton Quarterly Notice (brochure) as of January 1, 2010. At the present time, the Croton System remains offline; however, if the system is brought back online before the completion of the Water Filtration Plant, Manhattan and Bronx residents who are consumers of Croton water will again be mailed a brochure entitled: “IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CONSUMERS OF THE NEW YORK CITY CROTON WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM.” While the Croton System remains offline, this website shall serve as notification of the Water Filtration Plant construction progress. More Info:

  • Consumers who have further questions about filtration of the Croton Water Supply System should browse the DEP website at for more information or contact the Bureau of Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs at (718) 595-6600.
  • Pushed to co-name a street after Margaret J. Mack
  • Highlighted the growing trend of synthetic marijuana use
  • Taking developers of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center to task
  • Ensured The Stagg Group adhered to developing mixed housing on Webster Avenue
  • Brought CB7 leadership together with key City officials, residents, businesses to address concerns
  • Advocated for major capital improvements to increase energy-efficient apartments to improve area quality of life 

June 13, 2017:  Attended Groundbreaking Ceremony with Council Member Cohen, Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP and Borough                           Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa.

  • Established and expanded Science Schools Scholarships Initiative in an effort to prepare MS 80 students for entry into a Specialized High School
  • Collaborated with local residents, local businesses and city agencies to mitigate construction issues to improve quality of life concerns

06/16/2017: Safety Concerns: Tour of Oliver Place and Decatur with Sanitation