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Nearly $300,000 to beautify Jax Heights

Councilman announces funds for cleaning graffiti and litter in area

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 1:06 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2019.

Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) announced Thursday nearly $300,000 over the next year will be spent to beautify Jackson Heights.

“Litter and graffiti shouldn’t plague our streets on a daily basis,” Constantinides said. “Thanks to the Cleaner NYC initiative, we’ve been able to bring more cleanup resources to western Queens to keep our streets livable. These investments will continue our mission of keeping our communities clean for all.”

The Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless is receiving more than $225,000 for sidewalk sweeping throughout Astoria. ACE helps recovering homeless people by providing jobs and support services.

Workers currently sweep parts of 30th Avenue, Ditmars and Shore boulevards and Hoyt Avenue North.

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition will receive $35,000. CALDC has previously allocated these funds to beautification efforts, especially along 30th Avenue following an eight-month subway shutdown that left businesses along the thoroughfare to languish.

Another $20,000 was granted to the Queens Economic Development Corporation, which will pay for services to scrub away graffiti whenever it’s reported.

The Department of Sanitation is getting $10,000 for extra garbage pickups near Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street.

There is a $9,000-plus allocation to the Jackson Heights Beautification Group to uplift its existing work in the district.

— David Russell

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