2021 Solid Waste Management City Candidate Questionnaire Responses

The Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board (BkSWAB) created the 2021 Solid Waste Management Questionnaire; a survey targeting candidates running for all Brooklyn City Council offices, Brooklyn Borough President, Mayor, Comptroller and Public Advocate. It is a series of questions that reflect top concerns around solid waste management in Brooklyn and the City. We researched to gather email addresses and, if no emails, completed their form online. There were a total of 136 candidates we attempted to reach with our first request and follow to complete the survey (22 Mayor, 12 Comptroller, 13 Brooklyn Borough President, 89 Brooklyn City Council). Of the 136 candidates, there were 40 that completed the questionnaire (4 Mayor, 1 Comptroller, 5 Brooklyn Borough President, 32 Brooklyn City Council). Note there were no candidates that completed the questionnaire from Brooklyn City Council districts 41, 43, 44, or 47. There were 3 people total who withdrew during our open questionnaire time frame in the spring.

Thank you to all who completed the questionnaire! Responses are listed in alphabetical order and formatted for clarity in the documents but the content of the response has not been altered. Please note the SWABs do not endorse any candidates. You can find responses listed below by the office they are running for:

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Find more info here, including how to file a complaint for non-compliance.