City to rename street after Maspeth sanitation worker
by Jess Berry
Feb 04, 2015 | 6112 views | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, the City Council unanimously approved a measure to honor Steven Frosch, a sanitation worker who tragically died this summer in Maspeth, by co-naming 67th Drive between 78th and 79th streets in Middle Village after him.

Frosch died in June when he was struck and pinned by a mechanical broom while repairing his street cleaner at the Queens West 5A Broom Garage in Maspeth.

In November, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) honored Frosch by naming the Maspeth garage after him. At the memorial, friends, family and co-workers remembered Frosch as an excellent employee, positive person and family man.

Councilwaomn Elizbaeth Crowley also submitted the street co-naming request in October.

"Steven was a devoted family man who gave himself to our community and loved his wife, Bina, and their four children with all of his heart,” Crowley said.

She noted that prior to his work at DSNY, Frosch also served in the New York City Police Department and Fire Department.

“His tragic death should serve as a reminder to all of us about the very real risks our uniformed workers take each single day in the service of everyday New Yorkers,” she said. “Throughout his life, Steven truly personified New York’s Finest, Bravest and Strongest and he deserves to be recognized and remembered by our city."

The rest of the City Council agreed, unanimously approving the measure, which will now go to Mayor Bill de Blasio to be signed.

Back in November, DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia also acknowledged the dangers that sanitation employees face every day at work. She said the department was looking into improving safety measures.

“There is a real focus now on safety in all aspects of our operations, not just what you would think as being the more dangerous portions of the job,” Garcia said.

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