A northeast Queens lawmaker recently secured $280,000 to keep local streets clean for his constituents.
On Friday, Aug. 20, Councilman Paul Vallone announced that these funds would go toward additional cleanup services from the city’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Wildcat Service Corporation, which provides jobs for unemployed individuals with criminal convictions. This year’s funding for cleanup services is up $120,000 from the last fiscal year.
Approximately $140,000 from the funding will go to DSNY in order for the agency to increase litter basket service and maintain the Manual Litter Patrol program to keep trash off of the streets. The other $140,000 in funds will be allocated to Wildcat’s Neighborhood Improvement Program, which provides community street cleaning services and job training and employment services.