2008-02-13 / Features

Clean Street Program Will Keep Up Commercial Districts

City Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. announced a new program that will offer development corporations, merchants' associations and other neighborhood organizations additional sanitation services to keep commercial corridors clean. NYC Clean Streets, run through the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), organizes local merchants to create a supplementary sanitation program that can be independently financed and managed after two years.

During the first year of the program, the city will procure and totally finance a private sanitation service to clean a commercial corridor, and during the second year it will contribute matching money. The goal of the program is to build the capacity for the merchants to independently finance and manage the cleaning service after two years. SBS is already working with groups such as the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition to improve Steinway Street and adjoining business districts.

The participants will be asked to meet certain six-month milestones in the interval in order to receive program benefits. Organizations selected for the program will begin receiving compensation in fall 2008. SBS plans to work with organizations individually and in group sessions in order to develop the plans for their program. A kickoff meeting will be held in July 2008.

"This program will help in our efforts to keep New York City beautiful," Vallone said. "My mother said that even when I was a little kid, I used to get angry when people littered on the street. So it makes me happy to announce a program that will get litter off the streets."

To receive an application or obtain more information about the program, visit www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/html/neighborhood/cleanstreets.shtml.

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