Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is living up to his promise to clean the streets of Astoria.
On April 4, Constantinides announced $40,000 of his discretionary funds have been allocated to The Doe Fund and that cleaners have begun working along 30th Avenue, Broadway and 31st Street in Astoria — three of the most congested corridors for both drivers and pedestrians in the neighborhood — on April 1.
“This was one of the major issues that I campaigned on last year during the election and I am happy to be able to deliver on my promise to bring cleaner streets to my constituents,” Cosntantinides said. “For too long, our residents have had to jump over litter on their way to work and small business owners have had to respond to dirty streets instead of focusing on their businesses.
“We want to make sure [the Department of Sanitation] has reinforcements for expanded street sweeps and keeps our corner cans from overflowing onto the sidewalk. This will be a boon to residents and small business owners across Astoria.”
The Doe Fund is an organization used by many Council members that employs recently homeless or incarcerated individuals as part of its Ready, Willing and Able transitional work program.
Trainees earn stipends above minimum wage.
“Bringing The Doe Fund to our neighborhood is a big step forward in keeping Astoria’s streets clean,” state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) said. “I have worked nonstop with Councilman Constantinides and Assemblywoman [Aravella] Simotas (D-Astoria) to ensure our streets are kept free of litter and other garbage. Our councilman deserves our thanks for that.”
Trash in Astoria has become one of the biggest issues residents have with the neighborhood as the Department of Sanitation only collects trash from municipal bins once per day during the week.