Daily News from New York, New York on August 7, 1979 · 143
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DAILY NEWS, TUESDAY. AUGUST 7, 1979 e nuke protesters eush jail food, ask out lllBillilBf Wiy BplHlilBI WB t-St f-i UPI Getting rubbed the right way Marine Lance Cpl. J.C. Stare, hoping to into break the Guinness Book of World Records for continuous dancing, gets his feet massaged by Nora Sanderson at the Halloran House Hotel during an allowed break. Stare's dance marathon is to raise money for Jerry Lewis' annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon. Record is hours. He has danced 116 hours. By JOHN RANDAZZO and BOB HERBERT Several of the 106 nuclear protesters who were jailed Sunday at Indian Point went on a hunger strike yesterday and vowed not to eat "until we are unconditionally released." The protesters 58 women and 48 men were sent to the Women's Detention Facility and the Westchester County Penitentiary at Valhalla when they, refused to identify themselves after their arrests on trespassing charges. It was not known exactly how many were participating in the hunger strike, but all 13 protesters in the penitentiary's Cellblock F and several of the women were reported to be refusing food. Westchester County Correction Commissioner Albert Gray said guards have had no problems with the protesters. "They are acting like passive ladies and gentlemen," he said. "Juices and health foods He acknowledged that "the women have indicated they are on a fast, but they will drink juices and health foods if we give it to them." Asked if those items would be provided, Gray said: "No. But parents and friends may bring food packages if they want." Gray refused to characterize the latest protest as a hunger strike. "It's not a hunger strike," he said. "They're just not eating." But the protesters in Cellblock F released a press statement through the Westchester People's Action Coalition Traffic agents make 1st stop A Connecticut motorist was the first to be stopped by city traffic control agents yesterday in a safety campaign to issue tickets to drivers who block pedestrian crosswalks and cause a "spillback" into busy intersections. The motorist, Paul Jepson of New Canaan, was not given a summons, however. He got off with a warning from agent Garland Price at 60th St. and Third Ave. Agents have handed out more than 10,000 spillback warnings to motorists in the last month, but this week they will begin giving out summonses. John Cirri that said: "We are on a hunger strike to express our nonconsent of the Indian Point nuclear reactors . . . We emphasize that we are not criminals ... We will remain on this hunger strike until we are unconditionally released." County officials said 214 persons were arrested at Sunday's protest. Those who identified themselves were released on their own recognizance pending hearings next week in the Village of Buchanan, where the three Consolidated Edison. Indian Point plants are located. Those who were jailed will be arraigned today, tomorrow and Thursday. The antinuclear coalition has retained five lawyers to represent the protesters. Void 29 signatures on Koch recall petitions By VINCENT COSGROVE The city clerk ruled yesterday that petitions for1 a Charter amendment that would permit the recall of Mayor Koch and other elected officials lacked enough valid signatures to place the proposal on the November ballot. City Clerk David Dinkins' ruling drew an immediate blast from State Sen. Vander Beatty (D-Brooklyn), who headed the petition drive and vowed to appeal the decision in court. "I don't believe it," Beatty said when told that Dinkins had ruled that 29,464 signatures were invalid because the signers were not registered to vote in the last general election. Beatty said that Dinkins' decision was "an act of treason" and accused the clerk of "running interference" for the mayor. Both Dinkins and Beatty are black. Beatty has repeatedly charged that Koch is insensitive to minorities. Dinkins said that he is "an independent public servant who fairly administers the law" and that it is "regrettable" that Beatty "feels the need to attempt to ;make me his scapegoat" Another prominent black politician. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Manhattan), rallied to Dinkins' defense. "Dave Dinkins is nobody's puppet," said Rangel. "The failure of the recall effort is due to bad signatures, which is related to collection not certification." Koch said that he had stayed out of the controversy since Beatty submitted the petitions last month and that it was Dinkins who decided that they contained "an insufficient number of valid signatures." Dinkins said that despite Beatty's claim that there were 82.000 signatures, the clerk's office counted only 47,525. A line-by-line comparison with voting lists supplied by the Board of Elections concluded that only 18,061 of the signatures were valid, according to Dinkins. Under the Municipal Home Rule Law, 30,000 valid signatures are needed for a recall measure to be placed before the full City Council. Beatty said yesterday that if the court rules against him, he would continue to press the petition drive by collecting more signatures. "We're not going to stop," he said. Teens bag tons of trash, make (Garden area glow By GEORGE JAMES Gamal Kareem, 18, and 13 co-workers have personally bagged 75,000 pounds of garbage in one of the busiest areas of Manhattan. That's about 5,350 pounds of garbage apiece. "Everything," he laments. "Glass, cans, paper, dirt. Everything. It's filthy down here." "Down here" is the area around Madi- BE AN APPLE POLISHER son Square Garden 31st to 33d Sts. and sixth to eighth Aves. where Kareem of the Bronx and teenagers from all the boroughs except Staten Island have been cleaning sidewalks and curbs after unthinking slobs since June 25. They are members of a special apple polisher cleanup detail, hired at $2.90 an hour by Madison Square Garden through the Citywide Athletic Association in conjunction with the Garden's centennial observance and the "I Love a Clean New York" campaign. They have become a familiar sight from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wearing colorful centennial T-shirts, they go around in twos, armed with a shovel, a broom and a plastic bag that can hold 30 pounds of garbage. They have used 2,500 bags to date, says coordinator Billy Gilbert, 21, a senior in management and marketing at St John's University. He says, "People eat lunch on the steps and throw papers all over the place. On the ground and in the bushes. Even when they see the kids sweeping." Supervising the cleanup are Larry Sapp, 22, of the Bronx and Robert Wright, 21, of Manhattan. The hardworking teenagers, ages 16 to 18, aside from Kareem, are John P. Fields, Christopher Sweet, Michael Davis, Cynthia Buggs, Joseph Stallworth, Alfonso Clark, Maurice Hicks, Clyde Marriott, Tony Hargreaves, Geraldine Hill, Alan Clarke. Michael Everett and Phil Walker. Their efforts came to an end Aug. 31. Says Kareem, "I think it did some good." rv. st r i f J SNSS S 5 Bill TunullDily Newt Members 's of teenage cleanup detail on job outside Madison Square Garden.

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