Clean Streets, Ticket Blitz Discussed at Council Hearing


New York Department of Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty was questioned last week at a City Council budget hearing about the lack of cleanliness along several important local commercial avenues and the recent enforcement blitz.

“We recently did a walk of the area with sanitation officials and found that it’s pretty clean overall,” Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) said. “The sector is very large and made up of several neighborhoods, and now that entire sector is being targeted for fines.”

Greenfield also raised the issue of overflowing street corner trash baskets along important shopping districts including Avenue J and Avenue M.

Doherty responded that there is not enough personnel to keep up with the emptying, and welcomed Greenfield’s suggestion to install cameras at problem locations.

Greenfield also proposed using capital funding in the city budget to purchase a mechanical broom to be used for cleaning neighborhood streets overnight.