Posts Tagged ‘justice’

Vendors in the News and Street Vendor Pro Bono Project Meeting on Friday, 1/28

There has been a vendor struggle unfolding on 86th and Lexington over the past few weeks. The corner has been the home of Paty’s Taco Truck for the past three years.  While the overwhelming majority of people who live around 86th & Lex love the truck and welcome its presence, it has been the source of some controversy in the past year.  Last summer, motivated in large part by the presence of Paty’s Taco Truck on the Upper East Side, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin introduced a bill that would revoke the permits of food trucks if they receive three parking tickets.

While efforts to pass that bill seem to have stalled, Paty’s Taco Truck  has been targeted for enforcement of a traffic law which prohibits the selling of “merchandise” (not food) from a metered parking spot.  Last week, Paty’s truck was towed three times, and all three tickets were dismissed by the traffic court. A lingering legal question is whether or not the law even applies to food vendors — the vending laws in New York City consistently distinguish between “food” vendors and “general merchandise vendors,” and this traffic law clearly seems intended for the latter.

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TODAY! Brownfield Redevelopment: A Panel Discussion (11/18)

Brownfield Redevelopment: A Panel Discussion

TODAY! Thursday, November 18

12:30 PM — Room 503

What is a brown field?

“any real property were development or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous waste, petroleum, pollutant or contaminant.”

What issues are involved in brownfield redevelopment?

“environmental contamination…planning, financing, community involvement, liability issues, technology selection, regulatory requirements, and the coordination of stakeholders.”


Sarah Flanagan; EPA Region 2

Assistant Regional Counsel, Superfund Branch

Larry Jacobs; Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

Environmental Law; Renewable Energy & Building Green

Speaker Bios:

Sarah Flanagan, EPA

Sarah Flanagan is an Assistant Regional Counsel in the EPA Region 2 Office of Regional Counsel, New Jersey Superfund Branch, providing legal support to the Superfund program in Region 2.  Ms. Flanagan’s responsibilities include responsible party identification and case development, negotiation of settlements for performance of Superfund response actions and/or recovery of EPA’s costs, litigation with respect to Superfund liability, and other, diverse aspects of counseling related to Superfund response actions.

Prior to joining EPA in 2001, Ms. Flanagan worked in private practice, advising clients on environmental issues in real estate and corporate transactions, negotiating with federal and state authorities, and litigating environmental disputes. Ms. Flanagan has a J.D. from NYU School of Law, 1991, and a B.A. from Brown University, 1982.

Larry Jacobs, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer

Lawrence F. Jacobs is a shareholder of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer and Chair of the Environmental Team.  He concentrates on advising clients in all phases of regulatory compliance with environmental laws and brownfields redevelopment.  Mr. Jacobs has extensive negotiating experience with federal, state and local authorities on permit applications and enforcement proceedings.

Mr. Jacobs is the co-author of a chapter in the two-volume treatise “Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey” (ICLE 2003, 2006).  He is also the author of the articles “Urban Brownfields”  (Urban Land Magazine, February 2002) and “Managing Environmental Risk”  (Urban Land Magazine, June 1999).  Mr. Jacobs is also a frequent lecturer on environmental issues for planning organizations and for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

In addition, Mr. Jacobs is the Chair of the Northern New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute, whose mission is to provide responsible leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.


Lunch from the Jamaican Dutchy in coordination with the Street Vendor Pro Bono Project

Two exciting lunches at BLS this Wednesday

If you are interested in community gardens in New York City or the intersections of food and the law, then there are two interesting lunches happening this week that may interest you.  (And if you are interested in both community gardens and food and the law, then unfortunately, you may have a tough choice.)

The State of Community Gardens, Wednesday (10/20) – 12:30-2PM (in the Subotnick Center)

On Wednesday, the Environmental Law Society and the Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program are presenting The State of Community Gardens.  We will have an opportunity to learn about the history of community gardens in New York, hear about the impact of the recent expiration of the 2002 Community Gardens Agreement, and discuss the future of this unique urban land use.

The speakers include attorneys Christopher Amato of the Department of Environmental Conversation and Christopher Reo of the New York City Law Department, both of whom were actively involved in reaching the 2002 Community Gardens Agreement.

Please rsvp to Lee Miller if you would like to attend.

NLG World Food
Day Panel – Wednesday (10/20) – 1-2 PM (Student Lounge)

Join the National Lawyer’s Guild to learn about the intersections between food and the law.  Speakers will include: Marianne Cufone of Food and Water Watch; Professor Marsha Garrison of Brooklyn Law School; and Joel Kupferman of the New York Environmental Law & Justice Project.

Lunch will be served, but please bring a can of food or a dollar to donate to programs that help to feed the hungry in New York City.

And please sign the petition to end world hunger:

Food Justice — TONIGHT (10/14) at 6PM

Food Justice: A New Social Movement Takes Root – TONIGHT!

In today’s food system, farm workers face hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fastfood franchises, and food products are developed to be convenient rather than wholesome. Opposing these inequities and excesses, a movement for food justice has emerged, which seeks to transform our food system from field to table.

Professor Robert Gottlieb, director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, discusses the increasing disconnect between food and and the rising resistance movement. He is the author of a dozen books, including most recently Food Justice (with Anupama Joshi, MIT Press) and a long-time social/environmental activist and historian of social movements.

Location: Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

This event is part of Parsons The New School for Design’s *fantastic* Living Concrete-Carrot City series on trends in urban agriculture. The panel discussions take place every Wednesday evening through December.

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Food! Design! Social Change! TONIGHT (10/6/10)!

Food, Design, and Social Change — TONIGHT, 10/6/10, 6:30-8:30PM

How has design thinking – the integration of problem-solving analytical and prototyping methods used by designers and planners – applied to urban agriculture helped to solve critical social problems, from inequitable access to healthy food to the development of social capital within low income communities? Panelists will discuss their radically innovative approaches which range from a farm share business to enable Hunts Point residents to own the land supplying them with fresh produce, to neighborhood farms on asphalt playgrounds and rooftops, to an interconnected community gardening and greenmarket venture in East New York.

Panel: Dennis Derryck, Ian Marvy, Annie Novak, David Vigil, Karen Washington

Moderator: Jerome Chou

Location: The Kellen Gallery, 13th Street and Fifth Avenue:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (TONIGHT!), 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Stuck in the library?  This will be streamed live on

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Panel at Columbia Law School, TONIGHT (10/6/10)

Join the Columbia Environmental Law Center for a thoughtful and illuminating panel discussion on the environmental, legal and public health ramifications of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill.

Panel speakers include:
Oluseyi Fayanju – researcher on Louisiana Wetlands, Environmental Defense Fund
Howard Rosenbaum – Environmental Science, Columbia University
Dorothy Peteet  Environmental Science, Columbia University
Julia LeMense – attorney, Environmental Law Center

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Panel
Columbia University Law School, Jerome Greene Hall Room 103 – 435 W 116th Street
7:00 – 8:30pm