'Men in Blue' called in to tidy up Astoria streets
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 09, 2014 | 1097 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman Costa Constantinides announces the Doe Fund is coming to Astoria.
Councilman Costa Constantinides announces the Doe Fund is coming to Astoria.
Where the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) leaves off, the Doe Fund’s “men in blue” are sent in to pick up.

Littered Astoria streets will now get some extra attention after Councilman Costa Constantinides announced funding to bring in the Doe Fund, a non-profit organization that puts formerly homeless men to work.

Doe Fund cleanup crews have already began their work on 31st Street, 30th Avenue and Broadway, where DSNY crews only collect garbage just one day a week.

“When I speak with my constituents, the issue I hear them discussing time and again is trash and litter,” Constantinides said. “That’s why I decided to call on the Doe Fund. They will help make our streets cleaner and more navigable to residents and visitors.”

Littered streets have been an ongoing issue in the neighborhood, agreed Community Board 1 district manager Lucille Hartmann. She said she was happy to hear that Constantinides has stayed true to his campaign promises to address the problem.

“I am excited to hear that Doe Fund workers are beginning to sweep the streets across Astoria,” Hartmann said. “The litter-free sidewalks will make our community a more hospitable place for all and will help further the economic growth of Astoria.”

At a press conference held last week to make the announcement, the newly elected Astoria councilman was joined by Doe Fund founder George McDonald.

Nearly 1,000 people are served by the Doe Fund, a workforce development program provides job placement, supportive housing, and drug counseling, as well as comprehensive social and educational services.

“By bringing in the Doe Fund to Astoria, not only does the councilman provide a valuable service to his constituents, he provides hardworking New Yorkers with a hand up into the economic mainstream,” McDonald said.

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