Doe Fund to help Astoria clean up the trash

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Photo Courtesy of Councilman Costa Constantinides' Office
Photo Courtesy of Councilman Costa Constantinides' Office

Councilman Costa Constantinides announced the Doe Fund will help keep Astoria streets garbage-free.

After numerous complaints about trash from residents, the streets of Astoria are getting a much needed cleaning.

The Doe Fund has been brought to the western Queens neighborhood to help keep the sidewalks clean and clear the corner trash cans, Councilman Costa Constantinides announced Friday.

The nonprofit organization, which employs recently homeless or incarcerated people as part of its Ready, Willing, and Able transitional work program, started cleaning Astoria Tuesday, beginning at 31st Street, 30th Avenue and Broadway.

“[The Doe Fund] will help make our streets cleaner and more navigable to residents and visitors,” Constantinides said. “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.”

Once a day the Department of Sanitation collects garbage from the corner trash cans, however, littered streets have caused problems in the neighborhood, such as sidewalk accessibility and shopping issues.

“Bringing the Doe Fund to our neighborhood is a big step forward in keeping Astoria’s streets clean,” State Sen. Michael Gianaris said. “There is plenty more to do and we will keep the pressure on the Department of Sanitation until we no longer have a trash problem, but today we celebrate a substantial step in the right direction.