BY JON CRONIN
Business corridors in Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood are slated to receive an additional $225,000 in maintenance services for 39 weeks.
At a press conference on Sunday along Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) announced that Grand Avenue in Maspeth, Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Myrtle Avenue in Glendale and Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood would be the focus of the additional service.
She said that the services provided by the city’s Department of Sanitation would include manual litter patrol on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Overtime basket pickup will include the Ridgewood section of Myrtle Avenue. Crowley said that there will now be four days of street cleaning and five days of basket pick-up.
“A clean corridor is not only welcoming for local residents and people visiting; it also helps our businesses grow,” Crowley said. “We all know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and their energy is best spent on growing their businesses.”
City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said that the additional service for the commercial strips would help to ensure that they continue to thrive.
“The department has found that partnerships are an essential tool in accomplishing goals,” Garcia said. “Elected officials, city residents and Sanitation can work together to make our neighborhoods a source of pride to the people who live and work there.”