Garbage will be picked up Friday in Village of Pelham, says mayor; no word on next week


Trash will be collected in the Village of Pelham Friday, according to a statement emailed Thursday night by Mayor Chance Mullen. The announcement comes despite the fact Mullen said Monday the village had, in essence, fired trash collector Waste Services Inc. as of Thursday because the company lost its county license.

“Residents should be aware that garbage services will be provided tomorrow, Friday, September 13, 2019, as scheduled,” Mullen said in the email.

No information was available on what will happen next week. “We are continuing to navigate this situation and due to legal sensitivities, we are unable to comment further at this time,” said Mullen.

Mullen said on Monday that Pelham issued a notice of termination to Waste Services giving the company 30 days from Aug. 1 to cure a breach of contract, “on or before this Thursday,” resulting from the loss of its county license.

On Fridays, garbage and recycling pick-up occurs in Pelham Heights, Pelhamwood and for the apartment buildings and homes on Fifth Avenue, Wolfs Lane and Lincoln Avenue. All merchants also receive waste collection.

In early August, the Westchester Solid Waste Commission suspended Waste Services’ operating license. “The suspension was based on (Waste Services owner Joseph) Spiezio’s conduct surrounding his unjust enrichment and lack of credibility, among other things, which conveys his good character, honesty and integrity,” according to a statement issued at the time by Peri Alyse Kadanoff, executive director of the commission. “The mandate of the commission is to ensure that only companies and individuals of demonstrated good character, honesty and integrity are issued licenses to operate in the county—and licenses can be suspended if a company no longer meets that standard.”

The statement said the loss of license was based on a decision by state Supreme Court Justice Terry Jane against Spiezio, but didn’t provide details.

Waste Services is suing the solid waste commission in state court over the loss of its license.