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Holden partners with street cleaning group

Six corridors to receive extra services

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:30 am

Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) announced this week he is partnering with a nonprofit in order to bring extra street cleaning services to a handful of district corridors.

In a Monday press conference in Maspeth, Holden said his office is partnering with Wildcat Service Corp., a company he has allocated $145,000 to this year for services such as emptying litter baskets, sweeping sidewalks, removing graffiti, taking down illegal signs and clearing snow from the homes of seniors.

“This is a big day,” Holden said.

The corridors Wildcat help will keep clean include:

• Grand Avenue between 61st and 74th streets in Maspeth;

• Flushing Avenue between Grand and Metropolitan avenues in Maspeth;

• Metropolitan Avenue between 69th and 80th streets in Middle Village;

• Fresh Pond Road between 60th and Myrtle avenues on the Ridgewood-Glendale border;

• Myrtle Avenue from Fresh Pond Road to Woodhaven Boulevard in Glendale; and

• 69th Street between Queens Boulevard and Calamus Avenue in Maspeth.

“Flushing Avenue from Grand all the way down to Metropolitan is an area that’s been neglected for quite some time,” Holden said. “That’s sometimes a dumping ground but that will be clean.”

“There’s a lot of areas to do, obviously,” he added, “but the City Council has money for this initiative and we’re putting it toward this.”

Wildcat Senior Supervisor Sergey Shafir said at the press conference that the company is excited to get to work in Holden’s district.

“With your funds,” Shafir said to Holden, “we’ll have an opportunity to hire more men and women who can service your district and others and provide some jobs.”

Wildcat employees started their shifts in the district last week.

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