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Photo courtesy of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley's office
Photo courtesy of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley's office
Pictured from left to right: Sal Candella of Tax Advocacy Group, Paul Kerzner of Ridgewood Property Owners and Community Board 5 Sanitation Committee, DSNY Garage 5 General Superintendent Joseph Rainone, Astoria Bank Branch President Mohammad Karim, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, James Liem of Queens Wireless, DSNY Deputy Chief Janice Mooney, and Rabbi Levy of the Middle Village Older Adult Center.

One Queens lawmaker has secured $225,000 in funding for additional garbage pickup on major roadways in Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and Ridgewood.

On Monday, Aug. 7, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley gathered with members of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), community leaders, and business owners at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and 74th Street in Middle Village to announce the nearly quarter of a million dollar investment which will go towards keeping the vital corridors running cleanly and effectively.

“A clean corridor is not only welcoming for local residents and people visiting, it also helps our businesses grow. We all know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and their energy is best spent on growing their businesses,” Crowley said. “My thanks to Sanitation, community leaders and business owners who ensure these corridors continue to thrive.”

With the funding, DSNY will provide 39 weeks of service along Grand Avenue in Maspeth, Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, and Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood.

The services provided will include manual litter patrol on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays — with overtime basket pickup that also includes the Ridgewood section of Myrtle Avenue—which will result in four days of street cleaning and five days of basket pickup.

“The Department of Sanitation is pleased to work with Council Member Crowley to provide additional services along Metropolitan Avenue, Fresh Pond Road, Myrtle Avenue and Grand Avenue in Council District 30,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “The Department has found that partnerships are an essential tool in accomplishing goals. Elected officials, city residents and Sanitation can work together to make our neighborhoods a source of pride to the people who live and work there.”

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