Bay Ridge

Brooklyn pols offer snow shoveling help

January 21, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
New York is expected to get a blanket of snow this weekend. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas

As the city geared for a major snow storm set to hit the East Coast this weekend, two Brooklyn City Council members said they are teaming up with a nonprofit organization to provide snow shoveling for senior citizens and disabled residents.

Workers from Wildcat Service Corporation, a nonprofit organization that provides litter sweeping services in many business areas in the borough, will be out shoveling snow from Bay Ridge to Coney Island, thanks to Councilmembers Vincent Gentile and Mark Treyger.

The service will be available to senior citizens and disabled residents living in the lawmakers’ council districts.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said he is providing the snow shoveling service with funds he allocated for the Cleanup NYC initiative, a City Council program designed to spruce up New York’s streets and sidewalks.

Wildcat Service Corporation will dispatch a crew of six people to shovel snow from Friday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Wildcat workers will be wearing bright green vests, Gentile said.

“We could have a snow storm that may bring up to 18 inches this weekend. I urge our seniors and disabled to use this service. Please, do not risk your health and safety. Stay inside, keep warm and let us help you,” Gentile said in a statement.

Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) also urged those who are eligible to register for the service. Residents of Treyger’s council district can call his office at 718-307-7151 to register, or email Jeannine Cherichetti at [email protected]. The deadline is Friday at 2:30 p.m.

To register with Gentile’s office, call 718-748-5200 or email [email protected]. The deadline for registration at Gentile’s office is Friday at 5 p.m.

Once a resident is registered, representatives of Wildcat Services Corporation will reach out to that person at some point during the weekend to confirm that he or she needs assistance with snow removal.