Whitestone is getting supplemental street cleaning through July 1 in an extension of the City Council NYC Cleanup Initiative of 2014, which saw every council member allocate funding to provide cleaning services for their district.
Councilman Paul Vallone was given nearly $70,000 as part of the program to clean streets in Bayside and College Point, but after community input and requests from Whitestone residents, he was able to add select areas in that neighborhood as well.
The cleaning is done by workers from The Doe Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with histories of homelessness, incarceration and substance abuse.
The initiative has been so well received that Vallone intends to work to get funding for it included again in the city’s 2016 budget.
“I’m proud to have been able to work with The Doe Fund to bring this cleanup initiative to Whitestone,” said Vallone. “Clean sidewalks and litter-free streets will go a long way towards beautifying and revitalizing Whitestone Village.”
Whitestone residents said that the extra cleaning makes a big difference in their community.
“Our members have already informed us about the difference they see in the village of Whitestone,” said Kim Cody, president of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association.
The new routes will be cleaned until July 1. The cleanup area covered in Whitestone includes 149th Street to Clintonville Street; 150th Street between the Cross Island Service Road and 12th Avenue; and Clintonville Street between 14th and 12th roads.