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Bring out your shred! Pols are paper vaporizers

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | Spring weather is finally here, the season of rejuvenation, renewal, walks in the park…and paper shredding.

On Sunday, Assemblymember Harvey Epstein and City Councilmember Erik Bottcher held a paper shredding event in Madison Square Park.

During the four-hour event, co-sponsored by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, people brought personal documents, old financial statements and maybe even old love letters to be shredded and banished from memory forever.

A sign at the shredding event at Madison Square Park on Sun., April 28. (Photo © Jefferson Siegel)

“It’s great to have a couple of hundred people who needed to shred, from the East Side to the West Side. It was really a great effort,” Epstein said as people continued to drop off bags of paper to be fed into a giant shredding truck. “It was really kind of nice to bring our neighborhoods together.”

Bottcher noted that, due to redistricting, his district and Epstein’s now overlap.

“I think this is going to be the first of many events that we do together,” Bottcher said.

Halfway through the event, Epstein estimated that between 150 to 200 people had stopped by to feed the shredding machine.

Epstein will host another shredding event in Union Square Park on Sun., May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, Assemblymember Deborah Glick is hosting a shred fest of her own with the Department of Sanitation this Thurs, May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, at St. Vincent’s Triangle, at Greenwich Avenue and Seventh Avenue.

In general, for shredding documents and paper, remove paper clips; staples are O.K.

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