Just call him Jamaica’s Mr. Clean.
One resident has made it his crusade to get trash-covered areas in the neighborhood cleaned up. He has listed the locations and created a slideshow with photos of the sites and sent them to area lawmakers, calling on them to eradicate the eyesores.
Joe Moretti said he’s been complaining about four particular areas in Jamaica for months, but hasn’t seen any improvement. He has even taken it upon himself to pick up some of the litter, but now he’s fed up and wants action.
Moretti sent a letter to City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica), Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), Borough President Helen Marshall and other community leaders and lawmakers as well as the city Department of Sanitation.
“This situation is a total disgrace which would not happen in other areas of Queens,” Moretti wrote. “Some of you are the leaders and public servants in our community and I want to know how can you allow this situation to have gotten to this point, and furthermore why are you not doing something about it. You all should hold your heads in shame on this issue.”
First on Moretti’s hit list is the northwest corner of 170th Street and 90th Avenue, the location of an empty lot with a wire fence. He said it always has garbage both inside and along the sidewalk.
“The owner of the lot never comes out to clean the outside sidewalks surrounding the lot which are constantly having litter dumped and then piles up,” Moretti wrote. “I have been out there many times to clean that area.”
Other problem areas are empty lots with wooden fences at 170-17 89 Ave. and another at 90th Avenue between 170th and 169th streets. Garbage is often left outside, aand continues to pile up, according to Moretti.
The Long Island Rail Road underpass on 170th Street between 93rd and Archer avenues is frequently the site of illegal dumping, but unlike the other areas, it isn’t just regular trash being left behind. Large items such as mattresses, shopping carts, tires and wood are often discarded.
Other problem spots, he says, include the Post Office parking lot and surrounding sidewalk at 163rd Street and 89th Avenue; an empty storefront that used to be Mr. Print at 170-34 Jamaica Ave.; and the southwest side of 172nd Street off Jamaica Avenue.
“These are just a few areas that are within a close distance to where I live,” Moretti, who lives on 170th Street, wrote “There are many areas all over Jamaica like this and worse. This seems to be the only area in Queens that has a problem of this magnitude, which does not get addressed or resolved.”