Middle Village street named after late Sanitation worker

By Madina Toure

Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a law naming a street in Middle Village after city Department of Sanitation worker Steven Frosch, who died during the summer.

The bill, known as Intro No. 620, co-names 67th Drive between 78th and 79th streets in Middle Village after Frosch, a DSNY worker who was run over by a mechanical street sweeper in Maspeth in June.

The bill also co-names Ridgewood Avenue between Shepherd Avenue and Highland Place in Brooklyn “Detective Rafael Ramos Way” and co-names W. 6th St. between Avenue S and Avenue T in Brooklyn “Detective WenJian Liu Way.” The two officers were gunned down in Brooklyn Dec. 20 as they sat in their squad car.

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), who was at the bill signing ceremony, praised the law for honoring the contributions of the city’s uniformed workers.

“Today we remember our uniformed workers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the people of New York,” Crowley said. “These street co-namings will forever commemorate the lives our fallen heroes right in the communities they called home, including our beloved Steven Frosch from Middle Village.”

Last June, Frosch, 43, was doing maintenance work on his own mechanical street sweeper in a DSNY garage on 48-01 58th Rd. when a colleague, who had not seen him, accidentally drove over him. A father of four, Frosch had worked for the city agency since 1999.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and Robert Frosch, Steven’s brother, were also present at the bill signing ceremony.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtour‌e@cng‌local.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.