By Gina Martinez
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has funded another clean-up project, this time expanding sanitation services along Jamaica Avenue to seven days a week.
The new cleanup will add two days of litter basket pickup between 80th Street and 114th Street on Jamaica Avenue. The councilman, who has already funded several initiatives to “beautify the community” in Ozone Park and Far Rockaway, secured $14,815 in funding for the expanded sanitation services until the end of the fiscal year.
Ulrich partnered up with the city Department of Sanitation to fund the initiative.
“Jamaica Avenue is one of the busiest commercial strips in Queens and, in certain areas, garbage accumulates faster than it can be picked up,” he said. “Even with five days of litter basket pickup, it is a great challenge for local business owners to keep it clean.”
DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said she was proud to partner with Ulrich to expand service to one of Queens’ best-known commercial corridors.
“This additional cleaning service will help make residents’ shopping experience more enjoyable, add vibrancy to this important business district and, best of all, keep Queens beautiful,” she said.
Earlier this year, Ulrich announced a series of upgrades and clean-up efforts at the Albert Road Triangle in Ozone Park. The councilman said the former eyesore, located at the corner of Albert Road, North Conduit Avenue and 99th Place, used to be a hot spot for litter, graffiti and illegal concrete dumping. Ulrich also funded a clean-up initiative in Broad Channel targeting trash-prone areas between the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge and the Broad Channel Athletic Club.
Additionally, Ulrich also secured more than $85,000 in funding for the expansion of sanitation services along Cross Bay Boulevard between Liberty Avenue and 165th Avenue to include additional trash pickup locations and mechanical broom sweeping services.
The councilman said ensuring the quality of life of his constituents is a top priority and he plans on funding more initiatives in the future.
“I am proud of all that we have been able to accomplish together,” he said. “This past year, my office made several investments that will beautify our community, and we are far from finished. Our community is the cleanest it’s ever has been, and I am confident that we will continue to make great progress in the years to come.”
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