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Astoria’s Elected Officials Call on Mayor for Help in Picking up Garbage

Trash (Jan. 7)

Jan. 28, 2014 By Michael Florio

Astoria’s elected officials are calling on the mayor to help them clean up the neighborhood’s litter-strewn streets.

The officials, who have heard many complaints from their constituents, are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to take action and add an additional garbage pickup time within Astoria’s commercial districts.

Currently, there is only one overnight pick up each day from Monday through Saturday– down from three daily pickups several years ago. The cutback in service was due to a series of budget cuts over the years.

The officials are calling on de Blasio to add another pickup time, and are recommending that it should occur between 11 am and 7 pm, when most of the trash is generated.

“Residents have continued to contact my office regarding the deplorable levels of trash strewn about the streets,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas. “We have asked the mayor for an additional pickup service for the public waste baskets along Astoria’s busy commercial streets. Inaction on this issue is unacceptable.”

Simotas—along with State Sen. Mike Gianaris and Costa Constantinides (councilman-elect at the time)—held a press conference last fall calling on former Mayor Mike Bloomberg to add another pickup time.  It did not lead to any change.

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Alex

31st Street and Ditmars is ridiculous . Its like a methodone clinic is around the corner .

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A

Not sure if it is garage collection making Ditmars look awful or the amount of drunks and beggars filling up 31st Street.

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Sev

Well, the transients managed to jack up crime, rents, cost of living, and then they trash our neighborhood – and the cops should enforce litter laws??? So disrespectful!!!!! Wonder if they do this in their hometown…

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