By Bill Parry
Cleaning crews are taking to the streets in and around LeFrak City and several other business corridors in Corona and East Elmhurst, sweeping, emptying trash cans and removing graffiti during peak business hours. City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) announced the $103,000 expansion of the service provided by the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless under a City Council initiative known as Cleanup NYC.
“Cleanup NYC drastically improved the quality of life on 103rd Street last year, and I am excited to expand the program,” Ferreras-Copeland said. “ACE has been an invaluable partner, beautifying and caring for our community—business owners and residents are always happy to see them around.”
ACE provides over 100 clients with skills training, education and job experience for purposes of improving their earning power and helping them gain full-time employment,
“A big portion of our job training involves working in different communities and providing street sweeping and plaza maintenance services,” ACE control officer Leo Gil said. “We’re helping these folks become more hireable and making New York a cleaner place.”
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