Environmental Justice and Community Beautification
I. Daneek Miller has been a leading champion of environmental justice issues. His collaborative efforts helped to secure over $1.7 billion in funding from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to build out a long overdue sewer infrastructure in Southeast Queens. Once completed, the new sewers should help alleviate the disastrous localized flooding conditions that residents have had to endure for over 40 years.
In 2014, Daneek co-sponsored Intro 495, a piece of legislation aimed at significantly altering and improving the way waste transfer stations are sited throughout the city. Currently, four neighborhoods, including Southeast Queens, are responsible for processing all of New York City's garbage. The influx of trucks, noise, and fumes in these neighborhoods has led to a diminished quality of life for these residents. Once enacted, Intro 495 will reduce the waste capacity of these four neighborhoods, thereby reducing the burden on these neighborhoods, and more equitably distributing this responsibility throughout the city.
During his tenure in the City Council, Daneek has provided funding to support critical sanitation and community beautification improvements in the district:
Brooklyn Queens Land Trust - Funding supports the maintenance of three community gardens
Fedcap/Wildcat Corporation - Funding supports the beautification of commercial corridors, graffiti removal, vacant lot clean up, and snow removal for seniors
NYC Department of Sanitation - Funding purchased new waste baskets, additional basket collection and street sweeping