Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley joined the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and local small business owners in Middle Village on Monday to announce funding for CleanNYC, an initiative that adds sanitation services to major commercial streets.
According to Crowley, the City Council secured $10.2 million for CleanNYC in the city budget. Crowley’s district will receive $225,000 in funding for sidewalk maintenance, extra garbage pickups and other sanitation services.
“Sanitation is a vital service that we all depend on,” Crowley said. “A clean, vibrant commercial corridor truly improves the local economy.”
The extra pickups will focus on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, Grand Avenue in Maspeth and Fresh Pond Road from Maspeth to Ridgewood.
DSNY officials said that will increase street cleaning to four days a week and basket pickups to five days a week. The initiative will run for 39 weeks.
“A clean corridor is not only welcoming for local residents and people visiting,” Crowley said. “It helps our businesses grow, and we all know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy.”
Paul Kerzner, president of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association, said both residents and store owners will benefit from the clean commercial streets.
“If the streets are not kept clean, particularly your major commercial streets, it sends a negative message to the community and people who are passing by the neighborhood,” he said. “It’s very important that the city maintains the baskets and service them on a daily basis, which is almost where we are right now.”
The Ridgewood civic leader added that far too often residents drop off their household garbage into the litter baskets on commercial streets, which is against the law.
“We had litter baskets that were overflowing with garbage,” he said. “That should be discouraged.”
Kerzner said the two biggest issues small business owners bring up are sanitation and security. He said the 104th Precinct has the security issues under control, but sanitation remained a problem.
“This was the missing link that really wasn’t up to par,” he said. “Now it is.”