NYC sanitation workers blame Blasio’s vaccine mandate for garbage dumps

These city employees believe that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate is pure waste – and they should know it!

Sanitation workers, furious at the order to be vaccinated against COVID-19, are dumping rubbish across Staten Island and in parts of Brooklyn – and the head of their union said on Wednesday that he is on their side.

The protesting workers are involved in a rulebook decline that includes returning to their garages for things like gloves or gas so the collections are not finished, sources said.

Supervisors have even been warned to guard garages this weekend to prevent trucks from being vandalized, sources said.

Asked what was going on, Teamsters Local 831 president Harry Nespoli, whose union represents the sanitation workers, shot back: “The mandate continues.”

“Look, you’re going to have some places in town that they feel very strongly about this,” he said.

Nespoli added: “I say it outright: I disagree with the mandate for one reason. We have a program in place right now in the department, that is, you get the vaccination or you get tested once a week. ”

Mayor de Blasio has demanded that city workers get the plug.
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The protesting workers are involved in a rulebook decline that includes returning to their garages for things like gloves or gas so the collections are not finished, sources said.

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Nespoli said the vaccination rate among the agency is around 65 percent.

“Our vaccinations are rising on a regular basis,” the union chief noted. “In the last five days, we had 300 more vaccinated.”

Residents of Staten Island’s Dongan Hills neighborhood said Wednesday’s scheduled pickup did not take place, reflecting what happened on Saturday.

“A few more days of this and people will be screaming in the streets!” said Nick Gisonda, 69.

Sanitation has not collected waste in Staten Island.  Victory Blvd in Silver Lake Staten Island.
View of a pile of trash on Victory Blvd. on Staten Island.
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But the retired city mechanic expressed solidarity with the sanitation workers, saying, “It’s like Nazi Germany: ‘Where are your papers? Your cards! Show me your cards!'”

A neighbor who identified himself as Julie added: “What the city is doing is unfair.”

“I come from the Russian Federation and this is deja vu,” she said.

“People should not be forced by the state to take medication because the state says, ‘Do this or starve!’ “They should be free. That’s why I came here 20 years ago.”

In Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood, dozens of bags filled with garbage were collected in three piles along Shore Road.

Sanitation has not collected waste in Staten Island.  Photo on Richmond Road near Old Town Road
Nespoli said vaccinations among sanitation workers are about 65 percent.
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“If they do not want to pick it up, it will be a big problem,” said Rolando Ponze, manager of a local apartment building.

Ponze also noted that Owl’s Head Park was located around the corner, on the other side of 68th Street.

“If you keep this going for a while, the rats will definitely cross,” he said.

Garbage piled up on Amboy Road in Great Kills, Staten Island.
Garbage piled up on Amboy Road in Great Kills, Staten Island.
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Other areas in Brooklyn where garbage heaps pile up include Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Flatbush, Midwood, Kensington, Canarsie, Mill Basin and Flatlands, according to the Sanitation Department.

According to de Blasio’s directive, city employees have until Friday at.

But enforcement begins only on Monday, giving still hesitant workers one last weekend to reconsider.

Additional reporting by Steven Vago and Nolan Hicks

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