New cleaning initiative in Bensonhurst, Coney Island
A clean sweep is just around the corner.
On Friday, November 14, Councilmember Mark Treyger was joined by local dignitaries, the New York City Department of Sanitation, representatives of the DOE Fund and community advocates at the corner of 18th Avenue and 86th Street to discuss a new clean streets initiative that will span from 18th Avenue and 86th Street to Stillwell Avenue. The plan also calls for additional focus on busy strips including Bay Parkway, 20th Avenue, 23rd Avenue and 25th Avenue.
“Many of the merchants’ concerns were lack of litter baskets, lack of services,” said Treyger. “We are going to continue to monitor this initiative. If adjustments have to be made, we’ll make those adjustments and give more funding as well.”
To enable the program to come to fruition, Treyger has allocated of $28,000 to the DSNY and $8,000 to the DOE Fund receiving $8,000, which will be combined with funding from Councilmember Vincent Gentile.
Among the services that the added city funds will pay for are “additional motorized litter patrol on Thursdays and Fridays and extra litter basket service along Bay Parkway, 20th Avenue, 23rd Avenue and 25th Avenue, Monday, Tuesday and Saturdays for 26 weeks starting September 16,” Treyger said. “We are also getting a dozen brand new litter baskets, ones that you can’t just throw your household trash in because those were problematic in the past where people would dump household trash. These are the ones that have coverings on top.”
“Clean streets are a source of great community pride. Everyone deserves a clean and safe place to live and work,” said Gentile. “Indeed, the backbone of our neighborhoods is the mom and pop shops that line our main thoroughfares. These folks need and deserve all of our support, every day.”