BY LUIS GRONDA
Major corridors in Councilman Ruben Wills’ (D-Jamaica) district are going to continue to get cleaned up.
The councilman recently announced the extension of the neighborhood clean-up services by the Wildcat Services organization through June 2015.
The cleanup service is part of a city-wide initiative to bring in private cleaning companies to clean-up major thoroughfares throughout the five boroughs. The workers will assist the Sanitation Dept. in the cleanup throughout the year, including cleaning up leaves during the fall and helping with snow removal in the winter.
While several councilmen have hired the Doe Fund for the cleanup, Wills decided to use Wildcat, a company who has a history in the area.
The workers will clean several commercial corridors in Wills’ district including Sutphin Boulevard, and the portions of Liberty Avenue and Rockaway and Foch Boulevards that are in his district.
“It’s always a pleasure to see that the work we do inside the office is being implemented on the ground, in the actual community itself,” said Jahi Rose, Wills’ Director of Constituent Affairs.
David Saturn, president of the Wildcat company, said they were able to provide jobs to people with “barriers to employment” in part because of the program his company and the Councilman teamed up on. They hired people with a criminal past to do the clean up on the streets.
Margaret Finnerty, president of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association, said this program will help many people in the district, including its merchants.
“It really helps our merchants on Liberty Avenue. Who wants to shop and see garbage cans that are not empty and the place isn’t swept,” she said. “This will increase business along with making my members feel more comfortable coming here because when a location is dirty, people don’t want to shop.”
This is the third year Wills’ office has funded the program and has expanded it to include more of his district.
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