2018-09-12 / Front Page

Astoria Street Cleaning Event

The following are joining forces to try and clean up their neighborhood: Old Astoria Neighborhood Association (OANA), the Family Church, Astoria Houses Residents Association, Council Member Costa Constantanides, Borough President Melinda Katz, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, and Assembly Member Aravella Simotas.
The street cleaning event will be held on September 16 at noon, at Family Church, 26-13 18th Street, Astoria.
“This is the only way, after four years of trying to reason with the Department of Sanitation, that the needs of Old Astoria can be met,” said OANA President Richard Khuzami. “Nothing reflects the quality of a neighborhood more than cleanliness,” he noted.
“I’m excited to work with OANA, the Family Church, Astoria Houses Residents Association, and our local partners to ensure our neighborhood stays clean,” said Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22. “A clean street can do wonders for the overall health of a community, which is why we sometimes must step up to make that happen.”
Khuzami explained, “Currently the Sanitation Department will not clean streets unless we accept four times per week (twice on each side). We are not asking that Sanitation clean every street. We feel that this is up to the residents of each street. But what we are asking is that the default be two times per week (once on each side). This gives residents an incentive to ask for street cleaning.
“Another added benefit to street cleaning is that we will stop the parking of cars for extended periods of time. We should not be the long-term parking lot for NYC, residents lose precious parking spots.”
Schedule:
Noon: Meet for lunch and instructions at Family Church. (Lunch donated by Latino Employee Resource Network.)
1:30 pm: Start Cleanup. Everyone will be assigned different streets.
3:30 pm: Meet at The Family Church to discuss results, next steps, and media outreach.
Sponsors/Supporters include: Old Astoria Neighborhood Association; Family Church; Council Member Costa Constantanides; Borough President Melinda Katz; State Senator Michael Gianaris; Assembly Member Aravella Simotas; Up-Stand; Astoria Houses Residents Association; R and R General Supply; AKI Development; Latino Employee Resource Network; The Historic St. George Episcopal Church; Friends of Whitey Ford Field; Arcadia Bar and Kitchen; Renaissance Event Hall; Welling Court Mural Project; Bags, brooms, and gloves donated by R and R General Supply.

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